SMCC to hold 75th commencement on May 22 at Cross Insurance Arena

Southern Maine Community College will hold its 75th commencement in person on May 22 to celebrate and recognize graduates of the Class of 2022 and their accomplishments.

It will be the first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019, after the pandemic forced the college to hold virtual ceremonies the past two years. Graduates from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 are also invited to participate in this year’s ceremony.

“Commencement is such a memorable occasion for students, families and the College, and is even more special this year since it comes during SMCC’s 75th anniversary,” said SMCC President Joe Cassidy. “We are ecstatic that we can come together in person to honor our graduates, who have distinguished themselves as they persevered through difficult circumstances. While commencement may signal the end of their time at SMCC, it marks the springboard to all the opportunities that lie ahead.”

The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 22, at the Cross Insurance Arena on Spring Street in Portland. Doors will open at 12 p.m.

Participating graduates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have received a booster shot when eligible. Guests must show proof of vaccination to staff at the Cross Insurance Arena or take a rapid test at the door.

Graduates from 2020 and 2021, whose graduation ceremonies were held virtually, are invited to participate, but advance registration is required.