In keeping with long-standing academic tradition, the University of Maine at Farmington holds only one commencement each year, at the end of the spring semester.
Students will be eligible to march in the May commencement if they:
1) will have completed (assuming satisfactory performance in spring semester courses) all degree requirements, OR
2) at the time of commencement have only two or three courses remaining AND a reasonable plan approved by advisor and the Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Services to complete these courses over the May and Summer terms, OR
3) at the time of commencement have only a required internship remaining (including student teaching) that has already been scheduled for summer or is only possible the following fall.
Students who fall into a combination of category 2 and category 3 who wish to march at commencement may request, in writing, permission from the dean.
Students completing degree requirements at the end of fall semester (December graduates) are eligible to march in commencement held the following May as a matter of course.
All students who wish to participate in commencement must file an Application for Degree form with the Merrill Center by October 1st preceding the May of commencement.
At least once a semester, students should review degree requirements and their progress toward a degree with their academic advisor. Remaining requirements should be identified and mapped out. While this "map to graduation" can remain somewhat flexible for a time, it needs to be fully settled and discussed with an academic advisor no later than the point at which a student has reached 96 completed credits (i.e. prior to the final year of full-time study or its equivalent).