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SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018 AT 10 A.M.

Graduates throwing their caps in the air

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.

Baccalaureate Mass

Friday, May 11, at 4:30 p.m.

Please join us for the opening of the Commencement celebrations with Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 11, 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.

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 12 ceremony. Baccalaureate Mass and Nursing Pinning will be live on May 11. Live stream can be viewed at

Note: Commencement will be broadcast live and available for viewing in the Alfond Center Gymnasium (no tickets required).

Moving out

Saturday, May 12

Campus 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 12.


Caps and Gowns

On-campus students can pick up their cap and gown at the “Senior Send-Off Fair”. Students must have their student ID to get their cap and gown. If students are unable to attend the fair, their cap and
gown will be available in the Campus Store following the fair.

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.

On-Campus Graduates

Graduation tickets will be distributed to campus students at the “Senior Send Off” Fair in April. Students MUST present a proper ID to receive tickets (SJC Student ID is accepted). If students are unable to pick up tickets at the fair, tickets are available in the Registrar’s Office following the fair.

Each campus student will receive a limited amount of guest tickets for seating under the Commencement Tent.

Guest without tickets are welcome to watch the ceremony at the satellite viewing in the Alfond Center Gymnasium. No limit to guests in this area and no tickets are required.

Children under the age of four (4) don’t need tickets, if they are going to share a seat with an adult.

Additional Tickets

Any campus students not expecting to use all their tickets are asked to return extra guest tickets for Commencement to the Student Activities office, by Friday, April 27.

Any additional tickets will be available on Monday, April 30, in the Student Activities office, on a first come first serve basis. There is a limit on additional tickets per student.

Online Graduates

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.


Class Rings and Graduation Announcements

Graduation from college is one of the most important achievements students will experience in their life — a milestone to share. Saint Joseph’s College and Balfour have partnered together to offer custom class rings and personalized graduation announcements. To order now, visit or call 1-866-225-3687.

Honor Your Family

Walking across the stage at Commencement is a powerful moment for a graduate and family. Would you like to honor your family with a gift that supports students? All gifts in honor of someone are listed in the College’s fall magazine.


Campus Store

During Commencement week, the Campus Store will be open Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit the Campus Store in the Heffernan Center to purchase the perfect gift for your grad. Seniors, don’t leave campus without one last reminder of your time here at Saint Joseph’s! There will be special items just for graduation, along with the usual selection of Saint Joseph’s apparel, souvenirs and alumni merchandise.

Commencement Photos

Lifetouch Studios, a private company, will be taking photos of the graduates as each receives his/her diploma.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What time should guests arrive for commencement?2018-06-20T22:38:55+00:00

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. For guests with tickets, the tent is opened for seating starting at 8 a.m.

Where should we park?2018-06-20T22:35:17+00:00

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.

Are tickets required for the commencement ceremony?2018-06-20T22:35:48+00:00

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.

How do I go about making arrangements for accessible seating and parking?2018-06-20T22:36:38+00:00

Contact the Office of the Registrar at 207-893-7796 no later than April 27th 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.

Will there be flowers available for purchase the morning of graduation?2018-06-20T22:39:03+00:00

Yes, flowers will be available for purchase the morning of graduation. A table/kiosk will be setup near the entrance of the tent.


The College is pleased to announce the 2018 Honorary Degree Recipients, Valedictorian, and Online Student speaker. Click on a photo to learn more.Click edit button to change this text.

Mark Swann

Honorary Doctorate of Public Service

Sister Sylvia Comer ’62, RSM

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

April Chase, MSN ’18

Online Student Speaker


Senior Class

Subject to change

Tuesday, May 8

  • 5:30 p.m., Dinner (café)
  • 6:30 p.m., Depart campus for Cruise

Wednesday, May 9

  • 8 p.m., Senior Ball (Boston)

Thursday, May 10

  • 1:00 p.m., Graduation rehearsal (under the tent)
  • 3:00 p.m., Nursing pinning rehearsal (under the tent)
  • 5:30 p.m., Dinner (café)
  • 8 p.m., Senior Trivia

Friday, May 11

  • 10 a.m., Senior Brunch (café)
  • 12:00 p.m., Nursing students line-up for pinning ceremony
  • 12:30-2 p.m., Nursing Pinning Ceremony (under the tent)
  • 3:30 p.m., Senior Class Photo in cap and gown (behind Xavier Hall)
  • 4:15 p.m., Student line-up for Baccalaureate Mass processional with faculty (Alfond Center, wear cap and gown)
  • 4:30–5:30 p.m., Baccalaureate Mass (under the tent)

Saturday, May 12

  • 9:15 a.m., Graduation line-up (along walk way, behind Alfond Hall, wear cap, gown and hood)
  • 10 a.m., Commencement (under the tent)
  • Light refreshments following Commencement (on the lawn, weather permitting)

Online Students

Subject to change

Friday, May 11

  • 12:00 p.m., Nursing students line-up for pinning (if participating—advance notification required)
  • 12:30–2 p.m., Nursing Pinning Ceremony (under the tent)
  • 2–4 p.m., Welcome Reception for Online Degree Program students and their guests – Online faculty and staff will be in attendance (at Baggot Street in Heffernan Hall)
  • 4:15 p.m., Line up for Baccalaureate Mass processional with faculty (Alfond Center, wear cap and gown)
  • 4:30–5:30 p.m., Baccalaureate Mass (under the tent)

Saturday, May 12

  • 8:30 a.m., Robe for Commencement
  • 9:15 a.m., Line up for Commencement (along walk way, behind Alfond Hall, wear cap, gown, and hood)
  • 10 a.m., Commencement exercises (under the tent)
  • Light refreshments following Commencement (on lawn, weather permitting)

Events for Guests

Friday, May 11

  • 12:30–2 p.m., Nursing Pinning Ceremony (under the tent, no ticket required)
  • 4:30 p.m., Baccalaureate Mass. Faculty and students will robe and march in procession. (under the tent, no ticket required)

Saturday, May 12

  • 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Campus Store in Heffernan Center open (Graduation items, SJC apparel, souvenirs and alumni merchandise)
  • 8 a.m., Tent open for early seating (ticket required)
  • 10 a.m., Commencement exercises begin (outside, under the tent, ticket required)
  • 10 a.m. Commencement exercises broadcast and available for viewing in the Alfond Center Gym (no ticket required)
  • Light refreshments following Commencement (on the lawn, weather permitting)


Getting Here

Live Stream

Watch the Commencement ceremony live