Graduation

General Information:

Any Student wishing to attend May Commencement and receive tickets for their family to attend MUST apply by the March Deadline.  You will receive 3-6 tickets which is dependent on the number of students walking and based on the seating available in the Alfond Arena.  Students from May 2015 & 2016 each got 5 tickets.

When the application opens you will be asked to fill in the following information:

Graduation Application

Please review your application and ensure it reflects any majors, minors, and concentrations you should be earning before completion.  If something is missing please contact your Dean’s office to add or subtract minors, or concentrations.  If a major is missing you may have already been entered as a double degree earning student so you will need to add the second major by clicking the + sign and adding another career.

You may review and change your submitted application at any time by returning to “Apply for Graduation” and clicking on the “View Application” link.

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.  If you plan to walk in the May ceremony and want to ensure you have tickets for the family to attend you MUST apply before the March deadline

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.  (581-3223)

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.




Application Process:

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):

Apply for Graduation

You may review and change 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, return to your application through the  “View Application” link.

View application

Select the applied line

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Once your application opens you will see the Expected Graduation Term section, use the magnifying glass to choose the new term and click Change Term button.

View application screen

Once you click Change Term (if you’re original application said “Yes, you would be attending commencement”) a pop up box will appear stating that you had intended to go to commencement will you still be attending and ask you to click yes, no, or cancel.  If you wish to attend and had clicked no on your original application, adjust this prior to changing term.

cancel

You can then Reapply with a new Graduation Date.

Timeline:

There are three graduations per year with one May commencement ceremony. The deadlines for applying for these graduation dates are as follows:

Graduation Deadline
May March 15th
August July 15th
December November 15th

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: gradapply@umit.maine.edu

Diploma Replacement

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.

Helpful Application Hints

  • Diploma to be mailed to address:  Keep in mind that your diploma will be mailed to you approximately two months after the graduation date.
  • You may apply for graduation up to a year prior to graduation term, you do not need to wait until the actual term you will graduate in.
  • If you do not apply to graduate and wish to walk at commencement you may, however if you fail to apply prior to the March deadline you will not receive tickets to the ceremony and will be unable to invite guests to watch you walk.
  • If you wish your name to appear in the commencement program regardless of which term you are applying you must apply prior to the March deadline.

Direct questions regarding replacement diplomas to Office of Student Records.