A Breathtaking Setting
SMCC offers many opportunities for you to hold your special event, seminar or conference on our breathtaking South Portland Campus overlooking Casco Bay. From weddings and showers, overnight retreats and holiday gatherings to business meetings and business retreats, we have the venue and talented staff you need for the perfect event.
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Weddings & Social Events
Peter A. McKernan Hospitality Center
Located on the coast with spectacular views of Casco Bay, the McKernan Center offers a quintessential Maine venue for events with up to 100 guestsas well as a unique training opportunity for students in the Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Programs. The McKernan Center is designed in the mission style, which complements the period architecture and its coastal setting. The space includes a welcoming foyer, main lobby, formal dining room and bar and glass-enclosed wraparound porch with breathtaking views.
Overnight accommodations are also available at the McKernan Center’s Spring Point Inn, located on the second & third floors with breathtaking views of Casco Bay. To learn more, visit our Spring Point Inn webpage.
Spring Point Field
Spring Point field provides extraordinary access to the waterfront with stunning views of the islands of Casco Bay, including direct views of historic lighthouses and forts. This reception site is quintessential Maine. Indoor restrooms, electricity and water are all provided at this site for your planning convenience. Guests selecting this site for their event are able to choose their own vendors for tent & event rentals, catering, bartending, event coordinator and décor.
*Please note, all vendors must be properly licensed and insured.
Fort Preble Bunker
The Fort Preble Bunker, located outdoors, provides a stunning backdrop for cliffside ceremonies with panoramic views stretching from Portland Head Light to Spring Point Ledge Light. Guests selecting to reserve this site are responsible for the rental, set up and break down of ceremony seating (chairs or benches) on the day of the event.
Oceanview Dining Hall
At the Oceanview Dining Hall, Sodexo Dining at SMCC must provide catering and bartending services for the event. They can also assist you with rentals and recommend other vendors for décor, wedding cakes and more. Contact dining@smccME.edu for more information about catering.
The All-Faiths Chapel is a very charming white clapboard building with church pews seating 40 people. At the front is an open altar space and a beautiful stained-glass window.
Business & Educational Events
Peter A. McKernan Hospitality Center
The McKernan Center includes a beautiful and unique atmosphere for hosting your business event or educational conference. Many seating options are available to meet the needs of your event. Audio visual services are available in each location.
- Professional Business conference room for up to 15 guests
- Dining Room conference set up for up to 26 guests
- Dining room meeting set up for up to 48 guests
- Dining Room classroom style seating for up to 30
- Glassed in, four season porch for breakout sessions or meal seating for up to 40 guests
- McKernan Center Classroom – traditional classroom or conference style seating for up to 20 guests
Jewett Hall Auditorium
After a summer of 2016 renovation, Jewett Hall Auditorium accommodates up to 125 meeting attendees with classic theater style, upholstered seating and individual pull-up writing desks. The auditorium is equipped with modern audio-visual equipment that is included in the rental. This room is most often used for training sessions or large meetings. Extended AV services, such as video conferencing and videotaping of your meeting are available for additional fees.
Need additional breakout space? Jewett Hall is ideal, with many additional classrooms available just outside the auditorium doors.
Classrooms and Computer Labs
SMCC has a wide array of classrooms available for rental based on availability determined by the College’s class schedule. Classrooms are ideal for daylong training sessions and can be combined in one building/one hall for the ideal breakout space. They come equipped with all the technology required for a successful day of meetings or training..
Food & Beverage Service
Menus for your events can be customized to adapt to the specific desires and personal tastes of our guests. All meals are designed and executed by our professional staff of chefs, with significant input and execution by our Culinary Arts students. Meals at SMCC are served buffet-style by our student staff. Due to the custom nature of food and beverage service, all prices shall be discussed in advance of the event with the Conferences & Events Department at SMCC. Catering services at SMCC must be provided by the McKernan Hospitality Center or Sodexo Dining Services, unless renters are given express written permission by the Conferences & Events manager.
Whether you choose a cocktail reception or buffet dinner, you will receive a warm welcome and specially designed menu that is guaranteed to make your holiday celebrations unforgettable.
Guest Benefits & Resources
Complimentary wireless internet is offered to all visiting groups; password and access are included as part of your stay.
Guests of SMCC have access to the Campus Center, which is the focal point of the South Portland Campus. The Campus Center includes the SMCC Bookstore, SeaWolves Café, Library, community lounges and an ATM.
There is no charge for parking on campus. Our Conferences & Events team will work with you to determine the best parking area for your event and provide permits, if necessary, during your rental.
Spring Point Lighthouse
Spring Point Lighthouse has the unique distinction of being the only caisson-style lighthouse accessible by land and open for public tours. A small fee of $5 is charged to support the Trust’s preservation efforts. For more information, visit the Spring Point Lighthouse website.