Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of USM's Class of 2016!                

Commencement 2016 will be held on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 in Portland, Maine at the Cross Insurance Arena (formerly the Cumberland County Civic Center).

The ceremony will begin at 9:00 AM. The doors open at 7:00 AM. Graduates, please plan to arrive no later than 8:00 AM.

News & Events

Portrait of Kathryn and Karen Oak
After pursuing a bachelor's degree for more than two decades, Kathryn Oak figured the fuss and frenzy of commencement might overwhelm her. However, when the 48-year-old mom marches into Portland's Cross Insurance Arena on May 14 to receive her diploma, she won't be alone. Her mother, Karen Oak, 71, will be at her side. The pair will be sharing the event, each dressed in their caps and gowns. And they will likely be holding hands.
portrait of Camden Ege
U.S. Air Force veteran Camden Ege, 27, expanded USM's "Green Zone" training for students, faculty and staff. The program nurtures understanding for veterans on our campuses.
USM Multicultural Graduation Ceremony - 2014
Several ceremonies are taking place prior to USM's 2016 Commencement, including the Multicultural Graduation Ceremony on May 3, the Lavender Graduation Ceremony on May 4, the Veterans Graduation Recognition Ceremony on May 5, and the Nurse Pinning Ceremony on May 13.

Commencement Ticket Reservation Waitlist

If you would like to request additional tickets, please complete and submit this form by Friday, May 6th, at 5 PM. Your name and contact information will be added to the ticket wait list.  Additional guest tickets will be distributed equally to every graduate on the list who has not yet had an opportunity to reserve additional tickets. 

Requests from students who were able to reserve additional tickets will be considered after we have met the ticketing needs of those who have not yet reserved additional tickets.