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  CMCC Commencement Ceremony for 2017
will be Thursday, May 11th
at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston at 6:00 p.m.    
 
 
  • The ceremony will be held Thursday, May 11th, at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston at 6:00 pm. Directions to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. The ceremony lasts approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours.
  • Tickets are NOT required, and there is no limit to the number of guests that can attend.
  • Students with family members or friends needing special accommodations or seating should contact David Gonyea at 755.5251 or dgonyea@cmcc.edu.
  • On graduation day, Thursday, May 11th, graduates should arrive at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee no earlier than 4:45 p.m. and no later than 5:30 pm.  Please remember to bring your name reader card that was included in your regalia packet.

Graduation Rehearsal will be held Tuesday, May 9th, at 2:00 pm in the Kirk Hall lecture hall room K-103 followed by Regalia Package pick up. Please plan accordingly. If you miss this opportunity you may pick up your cap and gown at the CMCC Registrar’s office on Wednesday, May 10th from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm. You will not be able to pick up your cap and gown if you have a financial obligation to the College. If you are unsure of your status, please check your bill online or contact Student Billing at 755.5219. Regalia packets include: cap, gown, hood, honor cord(s) if applicable and name reader card. To see how to wear your regalia, please refer to the PowerPoint found on the "Graduation" section under the "Students" tab of CMConnect.

Other important information for graduates:

  • Make sure all library fines, fees, account balances, etc. are paid at the CMCC business office.
If you borrowed a student loan, complete exit counseling: http://studentloans.gov
 
 
 
Graduation vs. 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.        
 

 

Graduation Requirements

 

 

Any student who believes that he/she has or will meet the degree requirements for graduation by the end of the spring or summer semester, must complete an Request to Graduate form no later than the last Friday in March (31st).  Summer 2016, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 graduates may participate (march) in the May 2017 commencement ceremony.

Eligibility for degree or certificate conferment is contingent upon completion of all requirements of a designated program of study in accordance with the Maine Community College System and CMCC requirements.  Students must:
  1. Satisfactorily complete all courses in the program.
  2. Complete the aggregate number of credit hours in a program with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  3. Participate in College-wide or program-specific assessment activities.
  4. Meet the residency requirements as defined in the CMCC catalog.
  5. Fulfill all financial obligations to the College in order to receive a degree or certificate. (Make sure all library fines, fees, account balances, etc. are paid at the CMCC business office).

Students who are no more that 6 credits short of completing degree requirements and wish to participate in graduation ceremony (commencement) may do so if the student is enrolled for the required credits during the next term that the course or courses are available.

To Apply for graduation:

  • Fill out the application to graduate (Registrar's office or download the form from CMConnect).
  • Meet with your advisor to sign the graduation application and to complete a degree audit, both forms require student and advisor signature as part of the application. 
  • Return the application and audit in by the deadline, March 31, 2017.
  • If you are planning on returning to CMCC to continue your education then please fill out a Quick-Turn around form which can be found on CMConnect on the "Students" tab, then under the "Graduation" tab, or at the Registrar's office.
  • Complete the online cap and gown order form (the link can be found on CMConnect on the "Students" tab, then under the "Graduation" tab) by April 1, 2017, to ensure prompt delivery of cap and gown for regalia package pick-up.
The application is available at the Registrar's office and below. Requests received after the last Friday in March will be considered only under special circumstances and may result in the late delivery of the award. All degree requirements, including transfer credit must be completed and accepted by the College prior to the last semester of enrollment. The only exceptions are the courses in which the student is currently enrolled.
 
 
 
How do I know if there's a problem with my application?
 
Once the application is submitted, the Registrar's Office does a review of your records.  If there is a significant problem with your application, the Registrar's Office will contact you and/or your advisor for clarification, usually by email.  At the end of the term, after final grades have been recorded, the Registrar's Office will begin its final review of applications.  If students unexpectedly fail to fulfill their requirements at this time, they will receive an email to their CMCC email account, which is also copied to their personal email address.  It is important to regularly check your student email account, and provide accurate personal email and phone numbers. 
 
Commencement information

 Directions to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee,  190 Birch St., Lewiston, Maine  04240

Directions to Androscoggin Bank Colisee

Memo to Commencement Participants (.pdf, 371K)

A copy of this memo was emailed to those individuals who ordered regalia and submitted a completed application packet to graduate for August 2016, December 2016, and May 2017.  If you did not receive this email and believe this was in error, please contact Sonya Sampson, ssampson@cmcc.edu with questions.

 

Grad Layout Walk in (.pdf, 36K)

Diagram of the Colisee and how students will walk into the auditorium.

Students prepare for the march into the Colisee by forming in their program groups in the side hallways.

ACE - ELT will start in the Left hall (behind sections 28-34).  GEN - PMT will start in the Right hall (behind sections 8-14).

Grad Layout to the Stage (.pdf, 32K)

Looking at the stage, ACE-ELT sit on the left and GEN to PMT sit on the right.  CMCC staff will help guide you to the stage in order of programs.  Diagram of the Colisee for students as they move to stage to accept their diploma cover.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print PDF files.

How to order your regalia (cap and gown)

 

If you plan to participate in the May 2017 Commencement ceremony, please remember to order your regalia (cap and gown).  Orders are free and may be submitted between October 17, 2016 and April 1, 2017.  To order your regalia online, click here.

 
Please note:  Deadline for regalia orders is April 1, 2017 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 may mean that you will not have a year on your tassel or the correct size gown.
 
Regalia pick up will be Tuesday, May 9th at 2:00 in Kirk 103.  Please plan on being there for last minute graduation updates.
 
 
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

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 registrar@cmcc.edu.
 
Request to Graduate

Please fill out the Request to Graduate form and return it, along with the signed audit, to the Registrar's office. 

Graduation checklist (.docx, 22K)
Request to Graduate form
Request to Graduate Form (.pdf, 227K)

CMCC provides three graduation points within the academic year:

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, 253K)

Graduating students who wish to pursue another certificate or degree program at CMCC must fill out a Quick Turn-Around form (to be completed and attached to the graduation application).  This allows the student to maintain their matriculated status going into the next semester.

Generally, once a student has graduated from a degree or certificate program, the student loses matriculatied status.  The Quick Turnaround process allows most students to be re-admitted easily, without going through the longer admissions process, however, 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.

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact the Registrar's office.  755-5292

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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.  

Graduate Survey

How to purchase the Phi Theta Kappa honor stole

PHI Theta Kappa

           If you are a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, you may wear a PTK honor stole at graduation.  Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members may purchase the PTK gold honor stole from the PTK website.

  • Order the stole at www.ptk.org. (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).
     
    Questions?  Contact the PTK advisor, Stephanie Burns, at sburns@cmcc.edu , or Grimes Williams in Student Services, Jalbert 20D.

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