Commencement

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  • Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m.

    Days Until Commencement

    Graduation for overview

    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.

    Honorary Degree Recipients

    The honorary degree recipients for the College’s spring 2017 Commencement will be announced soon.

    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. 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 (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.

  • Tickets etc
    Cap & Gown, Tickets
    Parking and Accessibility
    Memorabilia
    Social Media

    Caps and Gowns

    During graduation week, the Campus Store 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 should apply for graduation through the Registrars Office and then order their cap and gown by March 1 through our online store at st-josephs-college-campus-store.myshopify.com. 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.

    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, April 28. 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 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
      • 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)