Office of Registration & Scheduling Services

Commencement Information

Are You Ready to Graduate? Don't Miss the April 1st Application Deadline!

The University of Southern Maine has one Commencement Ceremony a year held in May. In order to participate in the Ceremony, you MUST apply to graduate on MaineStreet by the appropriate deadline (see instructions below). If you have applied for graduation or have graduated since the last Commencement Ceremony, you will be sent further detailed information about the ceremony as the date draws nearer.

Check out the Commencement 2020 Checklist for insight on what to expect and how to prepare!

Commencement 2020 will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2020 in Portland, Maine at the Cross Insurance Arena

To Apply to Graduate:

  1. Go to your Student Center on MaineStreet
  2. In the drop down menu box titled "other academic..." (left of your schedule) choose "Apply: Graduation/Completion"
  3. Click on the hyperlink for the program that you are completing
  4. Follow prompts and SUBMIT

Or you may print and complete an Application for Degree.

Application Deadlines
May Graduation/Commencement April 1st
August Graduation August 1st
December Graduation December 1st

*Please note that participating in the Commencement Ceremony does not automatically mean you will be recieiving your degree. Applying for graduation will trigger the Degree Certification Process that takes place after grades are finalized on MaineStreet. At that time, your appropriate Dean or Department will certify that you have completed all requirements and will notify the Registrar's Office. Diplomas will be produced and mailed once the certification process is completed by all parties. 


Commencement Ceremony Eligiblity*

  • Earned a minimum of 114 credits by the end of Spring semester & remaining credits/requirements will be completed by the end of Summer.
  • Will be completing final program requirements by the end of Spring or Summer semester.

*Exceptions can occur. Please contact Registration & Scheduling Services to request an exception to participate.

If you have any questions about Commencement, please contact Registration & Scheduling Services at 207-780-5230 or