Graduation Requirements



Any student who has or will meet the degree requirements for graduation by the end of the spring or summer semester, may participate in the May graduation ceremony.  Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 graduates may participate (march) in the May 2020 commencement ceremony.

There are three graduation points in the academic year. The Graduation Confirmation form should be filled out by:

  • Last Friday of March for May graduation
  • Last Friday of July for August graduation
  • Last Friday of November for the December graduation
    • For directions on how to access the Graduation Confirmation form: click this link. grad confirm.pdf

All graduating students may participate in the commencement ceremony in May.  They must indicate on the Graduation Confirmation that they are planning on participating in the ceremony regardless of actual graduation term and must order regalia.

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.

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.

What is the process for graduation?
1. Prior to the last semester, the student and advisor must meet to go over all program requirements. If course substitutions need to be made, they must be made before the student's last semester so that audit will be accurate. Waiting until the last semester may put student in jeopardy of not graduating on time. Student must fill out the Graduation Confirmation once the advisor confirms that graduation is likely for the next semester.
2. The Graduation Confirmation is under Graduation and Commencement Information. (You will also indicate whether you are participating in the graduation ceremony). If there is an issue with your audit, the Registrar's Office will contact you and/or your advisor, by email, for clarification.  Please contact the Registrar's office if you have questions regarding your audit or graduation requirements.
3. At the end of the term, after final grades have been recorded, the Registrar's Office will begin its final review of student audits.  If the student fails to fulfill the program requirements, they will receive an email to their CMCC email account.   It is important to regularly check your student email account, and provide accurate personal email and phone numbers. 

Congratulations Graduates!

 Graduation vs. Commencement  

There are key distinctions between graduation and commencement.

Graduation is the process of completing program requirements as indicated by the course audit, and settling all financial obligations to the college. Once final grades are posted, your record will be evaluated and your diploma will be sent to you via mail to your address on file. The process of auditing all students for graduation takes 4-6 weeks from the end of the semester. 
Commencement on the other hand, refers to the spring ceremony, officiated by the President of Central Maine Community College, to celebrate the importance of your academic accomplishments. 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. Tickets are not required and you may invite as many guests as you would like.
Save the date! 
      CMCC 2020 Commencement Ceremony
      Thursday, May 14th, 6 p.m.
      at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston 
  • The ceremony will be held Thursday, May 14th, 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
  • On graduation day, Thursday, May 14th, 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 12th, 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 13th 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, honor cord(s) if applicable and name reader card. 

No regalia will be brought to the Colisee for distribution.  Please make arrangements to pick up your own regalia during the appropriate time.

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:

How to access Graduation Confirmation form

How to order your regalia (cap and gown)


If you plan to participate in the May 2020 Commencement ceremony, you must order your regalia (cap and gown).  Orders are free and may be submitted between September 16, 2019 and April 6, 2020.  To order your regalia online, click here.

Please note:  Deadline for regalia orders is April 6, 2020 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 12th 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 is eligible to march in the ceremony, the Registrar will send a memo explaining the next steps.  Those who are not eligible will be emailed with further directives.  Students cannot participate in commencement if they have a balance on their account.





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

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 (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, Judi Moreno,, 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.

Graduation Survey - Required

Commencement information

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

Directions to Androscoggin Bank Colisee

A copy of this memo was emailed to those individuals who ordered regalia and submitted a Graduation Confirmation for August 2019, December 2019, and May 2020.  If you did not receive this email and believe this was in error, please contact Sonya Sampson, with questions.


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