Commencement 2017

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  • Saturday, May 13, 2017 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 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.

    Continental Breakfast

    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.

    Valedictorian

    Daniel Rowe Class of 2017 ValedictorianDaniel 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


    Online Student Speaker

    Aston Piers online student speaker 2017Ashton Piers, Class of 2017, a Master of Science in Nursing graduate from Falmouth, Maine.

    Learn more about Ashton


    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 13 ceremony. Baccalaureate Mass and Nursing Pinning will be live on May 12. All three events can be accessed at https://livestream.com/accounts/25030263

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

      Moving out

      Saturday, May 13

      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.

    • Cap & Gown, Tickets

      Caps and Gowns

      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.

      Tickets

      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 sharing 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 28.
      • Any additional tickets will be available on Monday, May 1, 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.

      Parking

      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.

      Memorabilia

      Commencement Photos

      Hockmeyer 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?

        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.

      • Where should we park?

        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?

        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?

        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.

      • Will there be flowers available for purchase the morning of graduation?

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

    • Schedules

      Senior Class

        Thursday, May 11

        • 1:30 p.m., Graduation rehearsal (under the tent)
        • 3:30 p.m., Nursing pinning rehearsal (under the tent)

        Friday, May 12

        • 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 13

        • 7–9 a.m., Continental breakfast at Pearson’s Café
        • 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

        Friday, May 12

        • 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 13

        • 7–9 a.m., Free continental breakfast for all guests in dining hall
        • 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 12

        • 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 13

        • 7–9 a.m., Complimentary continental breakfast in dining hall (no ticket required)
        • 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)