Commencement 2021 will be held virtually.
This approach, while deeply disappointing for all of us, is necessary given the realities of the pandemic. Even if the most optimistic projections for vaccine delivery are realized over the next three months, we will not be able to gather safely in the numbers that our traditional, in-person celebration would require. As we have more than 1,200 graduates in the Class of 2021, holding an in-person event in these circumstances would be inherently unfair, as it would require us to exclude some of the graduates and their families, who would very much want to and have every right to attend.
We are planning to hold an in-person recognition event for the Class of 2020/2021 during USM Homecoming in October 2021.
Class of 2021 Celebration Events
The Commencement Committee is exploring options to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2021 within the health and safety guidelines around COVID.
Please check out the USM Commencement website for updates on Class of 2021 events.
Apply to participate in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony: **DEADLINE is April 1st.**
If you are a graduating senior and wish to be recognized in the 2021 virtual celebration, it’s important that you log into MaineStreet and provide your name as you wish for it to appear in the Commencement program no later than April 1st.
There are a few other details you will need to complete on MaineStreet. Please see the Apply to Graduate site for more information.
Or you may print and complete an Application for Degree.