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What is the difference between graduation and commencement?

There are key distinctions between graduation and commencement.

Graduation is a three-step process consisting of submitting a Request to Graduate form, completing a degree audit to demonstrate the completion of your program requirements, and settling all financial obligations.  The administrative process of degree conferral will indicate your official date of graduation.
Commencement on the other hand, refers to the ceremony, officiated by the President of Central Maine Community College, to celebrate the importance of your academic accomplishments with classmates, family and friends.  It is also a time for Central Maine Community College, The Maine Community College System Board of Trustees, The Maine Community College System President, administrators and faculty to acknowledge the exceptional efforts you have shown in earning your certificate or degree.        


Commencement information
Memo to Commencement Participants (.pdf, 194K)

A copy of this memo was emailed to those individuals who ordered regalia and submitted a completed application packet to graduate for August 2013, December 2013, and May 2014.  If you did not receive this email and believe this was in error, please contact Sonya Sampson, or Michelle Hawley, with questions.

Graduation Photography (.pdf, 212K)

PRIORTO THE CEREMONY: To pre-register your permanent email address, please visit and click on Pre-Event Registration. You may add contact information for up to 6 additional relatives and/or friends.

Commencement Rehearsal & Regalia Pick up Reminder (.pdf, 372K)

Reminder to those who have completed the steps necessary to participate in commencement:

Commencement rehearsal and regalia package pick up will take place Tuesday, May 13th at 2:00 pm in K-103.

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Attention Central Maine Community College 2014 Graduates

CMCC's Commencement ceremony will be held at 6:00 pm Thursday, May 15, 2014.  The ceremony will be held at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, 190 Birch Street, Lewiston, ME 04240.  Graduates should arrive at the Colisee at 4:45 pm.  CMCC Staff will there to assist graduates and provide directions for the ceremony. There is ample seating for all guests, and no tickets are necessary.
The commencement regalia are yours to keep - and there is no fee.  We recommend you press your gown before the ceremony.  Caps and gowns must be worn by all graduates marching in commencement.  Staff members from CMCC will be at the Colisee to assist you.
If you have any questions regarding commencement, please contact Michelle Hawley, Commencement Coordinator; at 755-5370 or
If you plan to participate in the May 2014 Commencement ceremony, please remember to order your regalia (cap and gown).  Orders are free.  To order your regalia online, click here.

Please note:  Deadline for regalia orders is March 28, 2014 to ensure prompt delivery of orders for regalia package pick-up.  Orders placed after the deadline will be distributed based on what's available in storage.  This might mean that you will not have a year on your tassel.
Once it has been verified that the student who placed the order has filed the appropriate paperwork, the Commencement Coordinator will send a memo to all those who qualify with next steps.  Those who did not file their paperwork will be contacted to let them know the required paperwork has not been received at the Registrar's Office and they are not eligible to participate until the outstanding items have been submitted.  Students cannot participate in commencement if they have a balance on their account.

 Check Your Request to Graduate Status Here

Request to Graduate form
Request to Graduate (.pdf, 224K)

    There are three times within the academic year that CMCC graduates students: 

Graduation Point  Application Due

May                       Last Friday in March

August                   Last Friday in July

December              Last Friday in November

Requests for May graduation received after the last Friday in March will be considered only under special circumstances and may result in the late delivery of the award.

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Quick Turn-Around form
Quick Turn-Around form (.pdf, 101K)

Students who have graduated might want to pursue another certificate or degree program from CMCC, in which a Quick Turn-Around form needs to be completed.  Once a student has graduated from a degree or certificate program, the student loses matriculation status, unless they complete a Quick Turn-Around form with the Request to Graduate form. While most students can be re-admitted easily, admission to the newly requested program is not guaranteed.   Students choosing this option must still meet the admissions requirements for the new program they choose.

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Please complete the graduate survey by clicking the link below. Completing the survey is a final step in the graduation process and is necessary in order to have your diploma mailed to you. The data gained from the survey is helpful to CMCC for planning.  

For the purpose of wearing honors cords at commencement, students must meet the cumulative GPA requirements listed below:
  • Honors- 3.30 to 3.599 receives one honor cord
  • High Honors- 3.600 to 3.899 receives two honor cords
  • President's Honors- 3.900 to 4.000 receives two honor cords
The calculation of the commencement GPA does not include spring semester grades, since these may not be calculated for all students at the time of the ceremony. However, final calculation of GPAs made after spring semester grades are posted will be used to determine the display of honors on final transcripts.
If you have any questions about the honors policy, please contact the Registrar's Office at 207-755-5292 or

How to purchase the Phi Theta Kappa honor stole

Congratulations, Phi Theta Kappa Graduate! A commencement honor stole (gold sash) can be purchased for $24.00 and worn at commencement in recognition of being a PTK graduate.  The stole may be purchased one of the following ways:
  • Contact the PTK advisor, Ben Ciesinski, at , 207-755-5261 or in Student Services, Jalbert 20D.
  • Order the stole at (Please note: The stole is the only Phi Theta Kappa Commencement paraphernalia that is worn at CMCC's commencement ceremony, but you can purchase anything for your own personal use).
  • Purchase a stole at regalia pick-up or the day of commencement.  

If you are transferring to another college to complete a four-year degree, remember to inquire about scholarships for Phi Theta Kappa members.