SMCC makes plans for alternative graduation ceremonies

SMCC 2020 Virtual Commencement

Southern Maine Community College is making plans for alternative graduation ceremonies to celebrate students who are graduating this spring and recognize their hard work and achievements.

Due to health and safety concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, SMCCC was forced to cancel its traditional in-person commencement scheduled for May 17. The College is now is making alternative plans to pay tribute to graduates.

  • Virtual Ceremony. The College is planning a virtual graduation ceremony and expects to announce a date soon.
  • 2021 Commencement. All 2020 graduates are invited to participate in the May 2021 graduation ceremony.
  • Regalia. Many students have asked if they can still get their caps, gowns, tassels, honor cards and other regalia for photos with families, cap decorations and other personal things to mark their achievements. SMCC plans to mail regalia and diploma covers, which students normally receive at commencement, to students once they become available. This will likely happen this summer as the businesses that ship these items are currently closed because they are not considered essential.

SMCC will keep students informed as more details become available.