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Saturday, May 9, at 10 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.
Saint Joseph’s College is proud to be a tobacco-free campus.
Friday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m.
Please join us for the opening of the Commencement celebrations with Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 8, 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. Tickets are not required.
If you have requested special needs parking for Saturday, please bring that parking pass with you to park as needed on Friday.
Saturday, May 9
Complimentary continental breakfast will be served in the dining hall from 7 to 9 a.m. for all of our Commencement guests.
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.
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
Note: Commencement will be broadcast and available for viewing in the Alfond Center.
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.
During graduation week, the bookstore
will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.The
store has a wide variety of College apparel 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.
Only guests with tickets will be
admitted into graduation. Please make sure to have your tickets in hand.
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 will have tickets mailed to
them by mid-April.
The road that the College is located
on, Whites Bridge Road, can get backed up on the morning of Commencement. You
could experience some delays. Be sure to give yourself enough time. We suggest
that you arrive on campus as early as you can. We recommend that you arrive
before 9 a.m.
Parking will be available on campus.
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
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 1. Please note: Special seating
is limited to the individual with the mobility issue and one family member.
Hockmeyer Studios, a private company, will be taking photos of the graduates
as each receives his/her diploma.
DVDs of the ceremony may be purchased. Please fill out the DVD
Flowers will be available to purchase on
Share your achievements with other
Saint Joseph's students, families and alumni during Commencement by using the
hashtag #SJCMEgrad on Twitter and Instagram.
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