- Application Process
- Awarding of Degrees
- Commencement Information
- Changing Graduation Date
- Diploma Replacement
- General Information
General Information/Application Process
Undergraduate Students: Graduation requirements for undergraduate degrees include, earning at least 120 degree credits, a 2.0 or higher GPA and completing all the curricular requirements of the degree program. Undergraduate students should consult with their dean’s office to verify their graduation status. Colleges are responsible for verifying that each individual student has completed their degree requirement, and that process happens within 60 days of the end of the term (for May, August, and December graduations). Degrees will be officially awarded and diplomas sent out AFTER the college certification process is complete.
Graduate Students: The number of credits and requirements varies depending on the program. Graduate students should contact their program coordinator or the Graduate School to verify their graduation status.
Students who do not complete all of their requirements until August or December may still attend the May Commencement ceremony. Be sure to apply for the correct graduation date (August or December) but click “Yes I will attend the May ceremony” at the bottom of the application.
Doctoral Commencement Eligibility: May doctoral candidates must have successfully completed all degree requirements, including acceptance of dissertation by the Graduate School, prior to the Commencement date. Candidates who are unsure of their academic status should contact the Graduate School. (581-3217)
NOTE: Doctoral students graduating in August may participate in Commencement if the following requirements are ALL met:
File for August graduation with the Office of Student Records. Applying for May graduation is reserved ONLY for students completing all the requirements.
Submit a Notice of Oral Examination to the Graduate School (2 weeks prior to the defense).
Turn in a tentative dissertation to the Graduate School office at least 24 hours prior to the defense.
Successfully present and orally defend the dissertation by the last Friday in April, the established deadline for participation in Commencement.
Submit a copy of the Final Thesis Acceptance Form demonstrating an affirmative vote of the Committee. (The original form will be attached to the final dissertation, along with other required doctoral forms and the UMI microfilming fee.
Candidates for Master or Certificate of Advanced Study degrees who do not complete all of their requirements until August or December may still attend the May Commencement ceremony. Be sure to apply for the correct graduation date (August or December) but click “Yes I will attend the May ceremony” at the bottom of the application.
Students may apply to graduate using MaineStreet.
After logging into MaineStreet, follow this navigation from the MaineStreet Menu: Student Self-Service > Student Center. Then choose “Apply for Graduation” from the “other academic…” drop-down as shown below (click for a larger image):
You may review your submitted application at any time by returning to “Apply for Graduation” and clicking on the “View Application” link.
If you have to change your Graduation Date after you have applied you need to cancel your original application and reapply. To Cancel your original application follow the steps above to “View Application”.
Select the applied line
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Cancel Application”
You can then Reapply with a new Graduation Date.
There are three graduations per year with one May commencement ceremony. The deadlines for applying for these graduation dates are as follows:
Students who will be taking May Term/Summer University courses to complete degree requirements will be potential August graduates.
Questions regarding graduation or the application process can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students may request a replacement diploma by submitting the Replacement Diploma Request Form.Each request requires a payment of $30 (checks payable to the University of Maine). A replacement diploma may be issued for a deceased student with valid documentation of the student’s death (a copy of the obituary, death certificate, or executor of will.) Requests are typically processed within 7 days.
Direct questions regarding replacement diplomas to Office of Student Records.