SMCC to hold 76th commencement on May 21 at Cross Insurance Arena

SMCC’s Commencement Ceremony for 2023 will be held on Sunday, May 21 at the Cross Insurance Arena at 45 Spring Street in Portland, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Commencement is an incredibly important milestone for students and their supporters, and we couldn’t be more honored to share in their celebration, SMCC President Joe Cassidy said. “While we rejoice that our graduates were able to return to a normal year of learning, it’s important to note that this group showed dedication in persevering through the COVID pandemic. We commend students for their commitment to their education and reaching their goals. Commencement ends their time at SMCC, but we know that so many of these students will continue their learning journey or move into careers that will help them positively impact their families and communities.”

Reza Jalali, the Executive Director of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, will be this year’s Commencement speaker.

Admission is free and tickets are not required. There is no limit to the number of guests who may attend. Doors open at 12:00 p.m.

There will be interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing at the ceremony. Cross Insurance Arena has clearly marked seating available to accommodate graduates’ guests with disabilities. Should one of your guests require ADA seating, we recommend that you arrive by 12:00 p.m., as guest seating cannot be reserved.

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