Maine Ceremony Graduation Center


Portland, Maine Ceremony

June 9, 2018
Merrill Auditorium
20 Myrtle Street
Portland, ME 04101

Eligibility

Students are eligible to walk in the graduation ceremony if they have completed all graduation requirements prior to June 9, 2018. Students should contact your advisor to review their remaining credits and requirements in order to determine their degree completion date.

Important Dates and Deadlines

April 11, 2018: Last day to register for the June 9, 2018 ceremony. To register, fill out the Maine 2018 Graduation Ceremony Participation Form. Please note: Graduates who are not Maine residents who register after the deadline may not have their name included in the ceremony program.

May 8, 2018: Last day to reserve hotel rooms under the discounted rates. Learn more about hotel and other travel details below.

Caps and Gowns

Graduates must order Cap and Gown to arrive in time for the ceremony. Cap and gown ordering will be open from March 15 to April 25, 2018. Caps and Gowns may be ordered through this form at that time.

Graduation Timeline

  • If You Are Not Attending a Ceremony                
    It is not necessary to fill out any forms as the Office of the Registrar will automatically mail your diploma approximately eight weeks after completion of the final class and all program and financial requirements have been confirmed by University officials according to the University Catalog. For questions regarding diplomas, please email the Office of the Registrar at rsupport@purdueglobal.edu or call 866-522-7747. This is the only step you will need to complete if you are not attending the ceremony.

  • You’ve decided to attend a ceremony—great! Here’s what to do next:

    • Determine Eligibility—Review your remaining credits and expected graduation date on your degree plan to determine when your degree will be completed as your degree must be completed before the date of the ceremony (June 9, 2018). Students should contact their advisor to review their remaining credits and requirements in order to determine their degree completion date.
    • Determine which ceremony is for you—Once you have your expected graduation date, visit the Graduation Center to view the list of ceremonies taking place after your degree is complete. Between the ceremonies for online graduates and the ground campus ceremonies, there are many options to choose from.
    • Review Financial Obligations—Participating in the graduation ceremony can be a financial commitment. While there is no cost to attend the actual ceremony, students are responsible for purchasing their cap and gown as well as any costs associated with getting to the ceremony, including airfare, hotel, etc. Because costs vary with each student depending on their needs, we recommend researching your costs before registering to attend the ceremony.
    • Register for Graduation—Click here to access the ceremony participation form. Graduates wishing to attend the graduation ceremony must register by the posted registration deadline, April 11, 2018, and must complete their degree prior to the ceremony date, June 9, 2018. Graduates are allowed one submission form. Following submission, a summary of your responses will be sent to the email address you provided at the beginning of the form. For any changes to responses, please email graduateme@purdueglobal.edu.
    • Please update to read: "Order your Cap and Gown-   Caps and gowns are not sold by the university and will not be available for purchase at the graduation venue. Therefore, they must be ordered prior to the ceremony. Cap and gown orders take up to 6 weeks to process so it is important that orders are placed in time. Cap and gown ordering will be open from March 15 to April 25, 2018. Caps and Gowns may be ordered through this form at that time.
      Make Your Travel Plans—
      Students who do not reside near the ceremony venue are responsible for making all necessary travel plans to get to the ceremony. We recommend booking your airfare and hotel early to avoid high prices. See Graduation Travel section for more information.
    • Watch your Inbox for Your Graduation Event Guide—Your Graduation Event Guide containing important ceremony information will be emailed out approximately 2–3 weeks prior to the ceremony date.
    • Confirm Your Registration—If you wish to receive a confirmation email from the Graduation Event Team after you have registered, please email graduateme@purdueglobal.edu.
    • Avoid Unnecessary Fees—Preparing for graduation can be overwhelming, but keeping the following in mind can help ease the stress by keeping costs to a minimum.
    • Order Your Cap and Gown by the Order Deadline—Orders placed after the deadline may require additional rush shipping fees, however it is not ensured that your order will be received in time.
    • Make Travel Plans Early—Hotel and airfare costs are typically higher when booked close to your travel dates, so make any necessary reservations early.
    • Contact Us if Your Plans Change—If you are unable to attend the ceremony, please contact graduateme@purdueglobal.edu.
  • Here is a general overview of the events taking place over graduation weekend.

    Friday Afternoon/Evening

    Early Check-In Table for Graduation

    Hampton Inn Portland Airport, Hotel Lobby
    171 Philbrook Rd
    South Portland, Maine

    Friday, June 8, 2018
    1:00-6:00 PM

    Details: Check-in early with the Graduation Team and avoid the rush of graduation morning! Graduate reader cards and other important graduation materials will be available for pickup. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

    Saturday Morning/Afternoon

    • Check-in—Those who were unable to check-in on Friday may do so beginning two hours prior to the ceremony start time. Note: We recommend checking-in on Friday to avoid stress on graduation day.
    • Line-Up—Graduates should arrive to the rehearsal hall one hour prior to the start of the ceremony for announcements and to prepare to march.
    • Graduation—You did it! This is your time to shine. Once you march into the auditorium, sit back and enjoy, but be sure to listen for your name.

    Helpful Hints

    • Be Prepared to Walk—Before processing into the auditorium, you will line up in the rehearsal hall with your classmates. There is moderate distance between the rehearsal hall and the auditorium, which may include stairs. If you need special accommodations for participating in the ceremony or your guest needs handicapped parking please email graduateme@purdueglobal.edu.

Graduation Travel

Hotels

As a courtesy, the university has arranged for a discounted rate at the Hampton Inn Portland Airport. Reservations must be made by May 8, 2018 to qualify for the discounted rate. When booking, simply copy and paste the following URL into your browser to access the exclusive rates available: http://group.hamptoninn.com/Kaplan-Graduation-2018. Please note, the entire URL must be copied and pasted for it to work properly.

Graduates may also book directly at the hotel, if preferred. Be sure to use the code: KAP

Hampton Inn Portland Airport
171 Philbrook Rd
South Portland, Maine
Tel: 207.773.4400

Airport and Transportation

Airport:
Downtown Portland is approximately 10 minutes from the Portland International Jetport (PWM).

Train:

The Amtrak Downeaster provides several daily service from Boston to Portland arriving at the Portland Transportation Center, 100 Thompson’s Point, Portland, Me 04102.

Transportation:
Taxis are available onsite at the Portland Jetport and the Portland Transportation Center to area hotels, businesses and downtown Portland.

METRO Bus Route 1 provides regular service (every 25 to 35 minutes) from the Portland Transportation Center/ Downeaster station to destinations throughout the city including Portland’s Waterfront, Arts District, and the Old Port. Visit the Downeaster Café to obtain a FREE one-way METRO Bus ticket.

Parking Near Merrill Auditorium

Reasonably priced parking is available in the Top of the Old Port lot located on the corner of Franklin and Congress Street beginning at 9:00 a.m. They only accept cash payments and typically the charge has been $10.00 for the event. There are other parking options also available in the area.  Keep in mind; street parking is metered parking with a maximum of two hours or there are some areas that operate kiosks, so it may be best to park in a lot.

Local Attractions

Visit www.visitportland.com for a wide variety of attractions and things to do in the Greater Portland area.

Maine Graduation Frequently Asked Questions

See below for frequently asked questions about the graduation ceremony.

  • When is graduation?

    The university holds graduation ceremonies throughout the year at various locations that online and campus students can attend. Dates are posted as soon as they are scheduled. Purdue Global Maine hosts one ceremony a year in June. This year it will be held on June 9, 2018. Fill out the Maine 2018 Graduation Ceremony Participation Form to confirm whether you are attending.

    Am I required to attend graduation?

    No, the ceremonies are celebratory events and graduates are not required to attend. Please confirm whether or not you will be attending by filling out the Maine 2018 Graduation Ceremony Participation Form

    How do I know if I am eligible to participate in the ceremony?

    Candidates may walk in the Maine June graduation ceremony provided they have completed all degree requirements by June 9, 2018.  If you are not sure when your degree will be complete, please contact Student Support to go over your credits and requirements.

    Can I attend a ceremony if I have a balance on my student account?

    Yes. Owing a balance only prevents graduates from receiving their diploma, and the actual diplomas are not handed out at the ceremonies.

    What do I have to do to attend a graduation ceremony?

    Students who want to walk in the Maine June graduation ceremony must complete the following 2 steps:

    • STEP 1: Register to attend the ceremony by completing the Maine 2018 Graduation Ceremony Participation Form. Participation forms are due by April 11, 2018 to attend the June ceremony. Forms will not be accepted after the posted deadline. 
    • STEP 2: Order your cap and gown.  Cap and gown ordering will be open from March 15 to April 25, 2018. Caps and Gowns may be ordered through this form at that time.

    When should I register for my ceremony?

    Registration begins in February 2018  and ends April 11, 2018. Please confirm whether or not you will be attending by filling out the Maine 2018 Graduation Ceremony Participation Form.

    How many guests may I bring to the graduation ceremony?

    Guest seating limits vary with each ceremony as they are based on the auditorium seating capacity as well as the number of graduates expected to attend.

    Ceremony reservations are *not* physical tickets. To ensure that the University is in compliance with Merrill Auditorium fire code capacity, we will be accepting electronic reservation requests to keep a total record of guests attending graduation. Children 3 and under are expected to sit in the lap of an adult and will not require a reservation.

    Graduating students will not need a separate reservation. Please note: Due to the capacity limits in the auditorium and fire-code regulations, please be aware that we are required to limit the total number of reservations.

    If you need special accommodations for participating in the ceremony or your guest needs handicapped parking please email graduateme@purdueglobal.edu.

    Can I attend a ceremony at a later date?

    Graduates may attend any ceremony that falls after their degree completion date. Please visit the Graduation Center for updated ceremony dates and information.

    Can I attend the ceremony if I’ve earned a certificate?

    Yes, graduates earning certificates may attend the ceremony, provided that eligibility guidelines have been met.

    When and where do I need to check-in for graduation? What time do I need to arrive at the ceremony?

    There is an early check-in on Friday, June 8 and graduation morning, June 9, 2018. We recommend checking-in early to avoid the rush of graduation morning. Here is a general overview of events taking place over graduation weekend.

    Friday Afternoon/Evening

    Early Check-In Table for Graduation

    Hampton Inn Portland Airport, Hotel Lobby
    171 Philbrook Rd
    South Portland, Maine

    Friday, June 8, 2018
    1:00 PM-6:00 PM

    Details: Check-in early with the Graduation Team and avoid the rush of graduation morning! Graduate reader cards and other important graduation materials will be available for pickup. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided. 

    Saturday Morning/Afternoon

    The graduation check-in area for the Maine Ceremony is located in the rehearsal hall of Merrill Auditorium. The schedule for graduate check in for each ceremony is listed below:

    Saturday, June 9, 2018
    Maine Ceremony Schedule
    9:00 am–Graduate Check-in for the Morning Ceremony, Rehearsal Hall
    10:00 am–Auditorium doors open for the guest seating, Processional Line Up begins
    11:00 am-1:00 pm– Graduation Ceremony

    What time will the auditorium doors open for guest seating?

    The auditorium doors will open one hour prior to the scheduled start time of the ceremony.

    Are seats assigned?

    Graduates will be seated by degree. Guest seating is open and on a first come first serve basis. Ushers will monitor and ask that seats not be saved. Ushers will be available to assist guests who require special ADA seating.

    Can I obtain a copy of the ceremony on a flashdrive?

    If you are interested in a copy of the ceremony please contact graduateme@purdueglobal.edu for further information.

    Will there be a photographer at the ceremony?

    Yes, a professional photographer will be onsite taking photographs of graduates before and during graduation of each individual graduate receiving their diploma cover onstage with a university official. There will be a military coin presentation on stage during the ceremony that will provide an additional photo opportunity for recipients.

    How do I purchase professional graduation photos?

    The website and password will be posted on the graduation program and photos should be available a few days after the ceremony. Photos may be purchased on the website up to 30 days after the graduation.

  • See below for frequently asked questions about the ordering of your cap and gown.

    Where do I order my cap and gown and can I order a set if I am not planning to attend graduation?

    Cap and gown ordering will be open from March 15 to April 25, 2018. Caps and Gowns may be ordered through this form at that time.  You do not have to attend a ceremony to order regalia. Those attending should order their set no later than April 25, 2018, to ensure it arrives in time. All caps and gowns are black, and tassels are color coded by degree. To place an order following the April 25 deadline, please contact graduateme@purdueglobal.edu. Please make note that after the deadline, there is a risk that the order may not be processed in time for the ceremony.

    Can I purchase or exchange my cap and gown at the ceremony venue?

    The University does not sell caps and gowns. As a courtesy, a small inventory of caps, gowns, and tassels will be available onsite for exchange purposes, however, there is no guarantee that your size or tassel color will be available. We recommend ordering your cap and gown no later than April 25, 2018 to ensure you have them in time.

    My degree is not listed on the site. How do I ensure I am ordering the correct gown and tassel?

    Degrees are broken down by major/curriculum on the site. Please see the Cap and Gown page for a listing of degrees to determine which major/curriculum to select on your order form.

    Can I purchase a tassel only?

    Tassels come with the cap and gown set however there is an option to purchase the tassel separately on the site.

    Do I need a hood?

    Hoods are part of the master's and doctoral-level cap and gown packages and come with the set when ordered. A hood can be ordered separately for those who already have a cap and gown but please make sure your gown is a master's gown.

    Can I purchase a cap and gown if I’ve missed the order deadline?

    To place an order following the April 25 deadline, please contact Jostens Customer Service number at 800-854-7464 ext: 15014.

    Can I use my cap and gown set from a previous ceremony?

    As long as your cap and gown is black, you may use it again. Please note that certificate-, associate’s-, and bachelor’s-level gowns are the same. Master’s and doctoral-level gowns have different sleeves and come with the required hood.

  • Question about your diploma or transcript? See the FAQs below.

    When will I receive my diploma, and do I have to attend a graduation ceremony to receive it?

    Diplomas are mailed by the Office of the Registrar approximately 8 weeks after completion of the final class and all program and financial requirements have been confirmed by University officials according to the University Catalog. Diplomas are not distributed at the graduation ceremonies.

  • See below for frequently asked questions about academic honors.

    How do I know if I have earned academic honors?

    Graduates who complete their degree with a current enrollment grade point average (GPAs) of 3.70 or higher will achieve academic honors status. Academic honors statuses will be noted in the ceremony program based on the student’s GPA as of June 9, 2018. Graduates achieving honors will receive an honor cords at Graduation Check-In.

    The academic honors statuses are as follows:
    Cumulative GPA of 3.70–3.79—Cum Laude
    Cumulative GPA of 3.80–3.99—Magna Cum Laude
    Cumulative GPA of 4.0—Summa Cum Laude

    Will I receive honor cords to wear at the ceremony?

    Graduates who attend the ceremony will receive their honor cords at Graduation Check-In.

    Will I be recognized for academic honors at the ceremony?

    Graduates who achieved academic honors will have their honors status noted in the ceremony program.

    Can I wear my honor society cords at the ceremony?

    Graduates who are members of an honor society may wear their honor society regalia (cords, stoles, pins, etc.) at the ceremony. Members should contact their society's chapter representative or visit the respective society's website to order regalia items. Graduates must be existing honor society members prior to their final term.

  • Learn more about travel to and from the ceremony.

    Does the University provide hotel or airfare to those attending the ceremony?

    No, graduates are responsible for covering all necessary travel expenses. As a courtesy, Purdue Global, Maine secures a discounted rate for graduates at Hampton Inn Portland Airport. Please see the Graduation Travel section above for more details. Graduates are responsible for reserving their own rooms. We recommend booking reservations early to avoid sold out rooms. All rooms will be released by May 8, 2018.

    Will transportation be provided between the airport and hotel/ceremony venue?

    Graduates and guests will be responsible for securing transportation between the airport, hotel, and venue. The Portland International Jetport (PWM) is approximately 10 minutes from the event venue, depending on traffic conditions at the time.