Commencement - 2015

Please check this page often for updates and more information.

Saturday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m.

Commencement will be held outside rain or shine under a large tent. We recommend that you dress comfortably for the weather and wear shoes suitable for walking on grass.

Graduates from 2011


Commencement will be broadcast and available for viewing in the Alfond Center.


Only guests with tickets will be admitted into graduation. Please make sure to have your tickets in hand.

On-Campus Graduates

Ticket distribution will take place in mid-April. On-campus students will be notified in advance where and when their tickets will be available for pickup. Students must have their student ID to get their tickets.

Online Graduates

Online graduates will have tickets mailed to them by mid-April.


Commencement Photos

Commencement Photos of Maine, a private company, will be taking photos of the graduates as each receives his/her diploma.

Commencement Ceremony DVD

DVDs may be purchased. DVD order form.


Flowers will be available to purchase on graduation morning.

Social Media

Share your achievements with other Saint Joseph's students, families and alumni during Commencement by using the hashtag #SJCMEgrad on Twitter and Instagram.

Celebrate with us!
Instagram: @saintjosephscollege
Twitter: @SaintJosephsME

Baccalaureate Mass

Friday, May 8th at 4:30 p.m.

Please join us for the opening of the Commencement celebrations with Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 8th at 4:30 p.m. Mass will take place outside under the tent.

Students and faculty will robe and march in procession for Mass. There will be no assigned seating for family and friends. No tickets are required.

If you have requested special needs parking for Saturday, please bring that parking pass with you to park as needed on Friday.

Live Stream of Commencement Exercises

Commencement exercises will be streamed live over the Internet for friends and family members of the graduating Class who cannot attend the May 9 ceremony. You can tune in to the event by visiting the online live stream.

Moving out

Saturday, May 9th

Public Safety recommends families of students who live on campus plan to start moving after 2 p.m. once campus traffic has reduced.  Please be considerate of the traffic flow following the ceremony when parking and moving out of the resident halls. Graduating students will need to be out of the resident halls by 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.

Arriving & Parking

Saturday, May 9th

Parking will be available on campus. Please come early to make sure you have sufficient time to park. The traffic before the event can be significant.

Due to the considerable need for parking, we ask that you and your guests carpool to campus on Saturday. This will help to improve our parking and traffic situation.

You will enter the campus from Whites Bridge Road. As you proceed there will be staff to show you the way. Please do not stop your car to ask questions at the entrance, as this will bring the traffic flow to a halt.

We suggest that you arrive on campus as early as you can. Before 9 a.m. is recommended.

Continental Breakfast

Saturday, May 9th

Complimentary Continental Breakfast will be served in the dining hall from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for all of our Commencement guests.

Honorary Degree Recipients

The College is pleased to announce the following honorary degree recipients: Mary Dempsey, co-founder of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Lewiston, Maine, will receive a Doctor of Public Service; Sister Mary Sullivan, RSM, professor emerita of language and literature and dean emerita of the College of Liberal Arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters; and Elizabeth McLellan, president and founder of Partners for World Health in South Portland, Maine, will receive a Doctor of Public Service and will deliver the Commencement address. More info

Caps and Gowns

The College Bookstore

Monday-Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

During graduation week the bookstore will be open Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The store has a wide variety of college-branded clothing and gifts, and will also have diploma frames on sale.

On-campus students will be notified when their cap and gown are available to pick up. Students must have their student ID to get their cap and gown.

Online graduates can pick up their cap and gown on campus during the hours the bookstore is open. If you plan on picking up your apparel on Saturday morning, we recommend you get there when the store opens at 8 a.m.


Accessible parking and seating will be available for guests with limited mobility. Please contact the Office of the Registrar at 207-893-7796 no later than Friday, May 1st. Please note: Special seating is limited to the individual with the mobility issue and one family member.

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