Student FAQs

Below you’ll find the answers to commonly asked questions from students as they approach their graduation. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, please reach out to the Dean of Students Office by calling (207) 780-4035 or emailing us at usmdeanofstudents@maine.edu.

Graduates of the Class of 2023 are required to wear regalia to participate in the Commencement ceremony on May 6th, and may want to purchase graduation regalia at this time. Some students may receive regalia from students and friends who have graduated in past years. You can order your regalia online through the University Store.

Yes! Applying to graduate is the important first step in the process, whether you plan to attend the Commencement ceremony or not.

There are a number of ways to apply. You can find all of the details on the application process here.

If you have completed at least 114 credits and are registered for the remaining 6 credits required to graduate by the end of summer, you can participate in the Commencement ceremony.

When you applied to graduate, you indicated whether or not you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony. If you applied to graduate in the Fall semester and don’t remember what you selected, or if your plans to participate have changed, please get in touch with the Office of Registration and Scheduling Services.

Yes! Per the Cross Insurance Arena’s policy, every single person attending the ceremony is required to have a ticket.

Graduates eligible to participate in Commencement 2023 can reserve one ticket for themselves and up to five guest tickets. You will also have the option to request up to three additional tickets when reserving your student/guest tickets. This will automatically add you to the Commencement ticket waitlist.

This information will be updated on our Commencement Ticket Reservation page. Please note that tickets for the 2023 Commencement ceremony will not be made available for request until April 7th, 2023 at 10:00am. You will need to make ticket reservations using your student login credentials.

Parking information will be released closer to the date of the event.

The Cross Insurance Arena is accessible to guests with mobility challenges. You may enter from both main entrances, and the Arena has wheelchairs available (located in the main lobby) which may be borrowed for the duration of the Commencement ceremony. The Arena has accessible seating (including seating for guests with wheelchairs) located in the sky boxes and on the landings, as well as elevators for accessing these spaces. There will be extra chairs set up for one additional member of your party as well. Arena staff will help direct those who need accessible seating to the appropriate areas.

ASL interpreters and CART captioning (on the jumbo screen at the Arena & on the livestream) will be available during Commencement. Limited seating for guests with hearing impairment (for ASL interpretation) or visual impairment will be located in the front row of Section C at the Arena.

If you have questions about access, need to request disability accommodations, or require other assistance for Commencement, please contact Sherry Philips Gleason at sherryp@maine.edu.

Yes! The link for the video broadcast will be posted on the front page of the Commencement website closer to the date of the event.

The deadline for getting your name listed in the program is April 1st, 2023. You may still apply to graduate and participate in the May 6th Commencement ceremony, however your name will not be included in any printed materials if you missed the April 1st deadline.

Graduation with distinction categories are (a) at least 3.90 for summa cum laude; (b) at least 3.75 and less than 3.90 for magna cum laude; and (c) at least 3.60 and less than 3.75 for cum laude. Honors status at the time of the May Commencement ceremony is based on the cumulative GPA obtained after the last full term of attendance (fall) as grades for the spring term are typically not in. For more information, read our Graduation Honors Policy. NOTE: Honor cords will need to be picked up either from the University Store or at the booth in the Cross Insurance Arena lobby before the ceremony.

Your diploma will be mailed to you once your appropriate Academic Dean or Department has certified that you have met all degree requirements and your degree has been awarded. This process usually takes 4-6 weeks.

Undergraduate diplomas measure 7×9 inches and Graduate diplomas measure 8 1/2×11. Frames can be ordered through the University store here. Check out the University Store Graduation page for information on other items available for purchase as well.

A student who completes two majors will receive one diploma that lists both majors.

Don’t worry! You can order a replacement diploma through the Office of Registration and Scheduling Services.

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