University of Maine 2015 Commencement is May 9, with ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Harold Alfond Sports Arena.
Motorists in the Orono area will encounter heavier traffic than usual throughout much of the day. Anyone attending Commencement should plan to arrive early.
Doors open at 8 for the morning session; at 1 for the afternoon. Both ceremonies are ticketed events.
People attending Commencement are urged to park in the Collins Center Parking Lot on campus, where three shuttle buses will transport them to the arena. The best access to the Collins Center Lot is via Rangeley Road (from US Rt. 2).
Shuttle buses also will provide transportation to Alfond Arena from the following parking lots: the Steam Plant Lot on College Avenue, Belgrade Lot on Belgrade Road, Hilltop Lot on Rangeley Road, and Buchanan Alumni House at College Avenue and Munson Road.
Captioned, live video streaming will be available for both ceremonies (umaine.edu/commencement/live-feed).
The morning ceremony is for the College of Education and Human Development, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Division of Lifelong Learning, and the Maine Business School. The afternoon ceremony is for the College of Engineering, and the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.
Backpacks, strollers and large bags of any type cannot be brought to Alfond Arena during Commencement. People are strongly encouraged to leave large bags and any unnecessary items in their vehicles. All items are subject to search.
Spectators are not allowed on the Commencement floor for any purpose, including photos. Only professional photographers hired by the university with proper credentials are permitted to photograph the ceremony from the floor.
Vehicles with handicapped plates or placards can be parked in the Satellite Lot behind Alfond Stadium. There will be a designated handicapped drop-off area on the side of the Alfond Arena, where University Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel will be available to assist attendees. Entrance to the drop-off area will be the same as the Reserved SkyBox Parking Area. The entry point will be marked from College Ave at Tunk Road, behind Alfond Stadium.
Visitors are reminded that the University of Maine is a tobacco-free campus.