Commencement

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  • Commencement

    Graduation for overview

    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.

    Baccalaureate Mass

    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.

    Continental Breakfast

    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.

    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

    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.

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

    Moving out

    Saturday, May 9

    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.

  • Tickets etc

    Cap & Gown, Tickets
    Parking and Accessibility
    Memorabilia
    Social Media

    Caps and Gowns

    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.

    Tickets

    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.

    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.

    Accessibility

    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.

    Commencement Photos

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

    Commencement Ceremony DVD

    DVDs of the ceremony may be purchased. Please fill out the DVD order form.

    Flowers

    Flowers will be available to purchase on graduation morning.

    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

  • Schedules

    Senior Week

    Tuesday, May 5

    • 1 p.m., Senior vs. Faculty/Staff Softball Game at Softball Field
    • 6 p.m., Senior Appreciation Night (Please arrive at 5:30 p.m.) in Pearson’s Café
      • Guest Speaker with Ed Gerety (Senior-only portion of the event)
      • 7:30-8:30 p.m., Formal dinner banquet & cash bar sponsored by Pearson’s Café (Guests welcome to arrive at 7:15 p.m., tickets required)
      • 8:30 p.m.–midnight, Senior Ball 

    Wednesday, May 6

    • Foxwoods Overnight Trip (tickets required) depart from Alfond Center
      • 8:30 a.m., Omelet station, breakfast sandwiches & more breakfast food sponsored by Pearson’s Café outside buses
      • 9:45 a.m., Buses depart campus
      • 7:30-9:30 p.m., Semi-Formal Senior Cocktail Reception

    Thursday, May 7

    • 10 a.m., Depart Foxwoods
    • 2:30 p.m., Graduation rehearsal (under tent)
    • 3:45 p.m., Nursing Pinning Ceremony rehearsal (under tent)
    • 5–6 p.m., Dinner at Pearson’s Café
    • Old Port Music Cruise (tickets required)
      • 6:15 p.m., Buses depart Alfond Center
      • 7:30–10 p.m., Cruise
      • 10:30 p.m. & 1 a.m., Pick-up from Old Port

    Friday, May 8

    • 10:30 a.m., Senior class photo behind Xavier Hall (wear cap and gown)
    • 10:45 a.m., Senior brunch with Champagne toast
    • 12:30 p.m., Nursing Pinning Ceremony (under tent)
      • Student line-up at 11:30 a.m.
    • 4:30 p.m., Baccalaureate Mass (under tent, wear gap and gown)
      • Student line-up at 4:15 p.m.

    Saturday, May 9

    • 7–9 a.m., Continental breakfast at Pearson’s Café
    • 8 a.m., Open for early seating
    • 9:15 a.m., Graduation line-up
    • 10 a.m., Commencement (under tent)
    • Light refreshments following Commencement

    Online Students

    Friday, May 8

    • 12:30–3 p.m., Nursing Pinning Ceremony (under the tent) 
    • 4:15 p.m., Line up for Baccalaureate Mass 
    • 4:30 p.m., Baccalaureate Mass (wear cap and gown, under the tent)
    • Reception for online graduates in dining hall immediately following Mass. Online faculty and staff will be in attendance. 

    Saturday, May 9

    • 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 (wear cap and gown)
    • 10 a.m., Commencement exercises (under the tent)
    • Light refreshments following Commencement

    Events for Guests

    Friday, May 8 

    • 12:30–3 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 9

    • 7–9 a.m., Complimentary continental breakfast in dining hall (no ticket required)
    • 10 a.m., Commencement exercises outside (under the tent, ticket required)
    • Light refreshments following Commencement