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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.
Note: Pets are not allowed at commencement- only leashed service animals. Please do not leave dogs in your car.
Friday, May 12, at 4:30 p.m.
Please join us for the opening of the Commencement celebrations with Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 12, 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 13
Complimentary continental breakfast will be served in the dining hall from 7 to 9 a.m. for all of our Commencement guests.
Daniel Rowe, a 2013 graduate of Gray-New Gloucester High School, will deliver the Valedictorian Message during Saint Joseph’s College’s 2017 Commencement exercises.
Learn more about Daniel
Ashton Piers, Class of 2017, a Master of Science in Nursing graduate from Falmouth, Maine.
Learn more about Ashton
Commencement exercises will be streamed live over the Internet for friends and family members of the graduating class who cannot attend the May 13 ceremony. Baccalaureate Mass and Nursing Pinning will be live on May 12. All three events can be accessed at
Note: Commencement will be broadcast and available for viewing in the Alfond Center Gymnasium (no tickets required).
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 13.
During graduation week, the Campus Store will be open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 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 should apply for graduation through the Registrars Office and then order their cap and gown by March 1 through our online store. Caps and gowns for online students will be shipped directly to them.
Only guests with tickets will be admitted into graduation. Please make sure to have your tickets in hand.
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 halt.
Hockmeyer Studios, a private company, will be taking photos of the graduates as each receives his/her diploma.
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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The Commencement ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m. Because traffic on the road leading to campus will be heavy, we encourage guests to arrive early. We recommend that you arrive before 9 a.m. A complimentary continental breakfast will be served in the Dining Hall from 7 to 9 a.m.
For guests with tickets, the tent is opened for seating starting at 8 a.m.
Saint Joseph’s College Campus Safety personnel will direct all guests to available parking locations on campus. Due to the large volume of vehicles expected, carpooling is strongly recommended.
Yes, tickets are required for guests to be seated under the tent for the Commencement ceremony. The seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Guest without tickets are welcome to watch the ceremony at the satellite viewing in the Alfond Center Gymnasium.
Contact the Office of the Registrar at 207-893-7796 no later than April 28th regarding accessible parking and seating for guests with limited mobility. Please note: Special seating is limited to the individual with the mobility issue and one family member.
Yes, flowers will be available for purchase the morning of graduation. A table/kiosk will be setup near the entrance of the tent.
Thursday, May 11
Friday, May 12
Friday, May 12
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