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 an average of 6-10 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.

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:

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 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 graduates may participate (march) in the May 2022 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. 

How to access Graduation Confirmation form

How to order your regalia (cap and gown)

If you plan to participate in the 2021 Commencement ceremony, you must order your regalia (cap and gown).  Orders are free and may be submitted between October 15, 2020 until March 27, 2021.  To order your regalia, click here.

Students must have regalia to participate in the ceremony. Students cannot participate in commencement if they have a balance on their account.
If you decide after the deadline to participate in the ceremony, I will do my best to pull together regalia from extras from past ceremonies. You must email from your CMCC email to: with your name, ID number, height, weight. Please understand that I am very limited on what I have on hand and one is best served by ordering directly from the company using the link.





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