Maine Graduation Timeline

What to Expect at Graduation

The timeline below provides step-by-step information on what to expect up to and during graduation. Please contact mgough@kaplan.edu if you have any questions.

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Step 1: Decide if You Are Attending or Not Attending a Ceremony

If You Are Not Attending a Ceremony 

If you are not attending, please fill out the registration form so the Office of the Registrar will automatically mail your diploma approximately eight weeks after completion of the final class and all program and financial requirements have been confirmed by University officials according to the University Catalog.

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Step 2: Determine if You Want to Attend the Maine Ceremony

You’ve decided to attend the Maine ceremonygreat! Here’s what to do next:

  • Determine Eligibility—Review your remaining credits and expected graduation date on your degree plan to determine when your degree will be completed as your degree must be completed by May 31, 2017, to attend the Maine Ceremony which will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Step 3: Register and Pay to Attend the Ceremony

To register for the Maine Ceremony, please follow this 2-step registration process. 

Step 1: Complete the online registration form no later than April 16, 2017. Students must register to attend the summer ceremony by April 16, 2017. Note: it is not necessary to wait until you reach your final term to register. As long as your completion date is by May 31, 2017, you may register as soon as registration opens.

Step 2: Order your cap and gown. Caps and gowns are not sold by Kaplan University and will not be available for purchase at the graduation venue. Therefore, students who were admitted to Kaplan University through the South Portland, Lewiston, or Augusta campuses, must use the registration form to order regalia and all other students must use the Josten’s link provided. Cap and gown orders take up to 6 weeks to process so it is recommended that orders are placed early. The deadline to order caps and gowns for the Maine ceremony is April 16, 2017.

  •  Make your travel plans. Students who do not reside near the ceremony venue are responsible for making all necessary travel plans to get to the ceremony. We recommend booking your airfare and hotel early to avoid high prices.* 
  •  Watch your email for important updates and graduation information concerning the Maine ceremony. If you move, please contact mgough@kaplan.edu with an updated address as the information may be mailed and/or emailed to the address provided on your participation form.

* In the event of a schedule change, Kaplan University is not responsible for reimbursing travel costs or other expenditures associated with attending the ceremony.

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Step 4: Tips for Making Your Experience Seamless

  • Confirm Your Registration—Make sure you have completed the two-step process to register for the Maine ceremony. These two steps are listed on the Sign Up For Maine Graduation Page and include filling out the registration form, and ordering your cap and gown. Once you are registered you will start receiving emails about the upcoming graduation ceremony.
  •  Avoid Unnecessary Fees—Preparing for graduation can be overwhelming, but keeping the following in mind can help ease the stress by keeping costs to a minimum.
  •  Order Your Cap and Gown by the Order Deadline—Orders placed after the deadline may require additional rush shipping fees to ensure your order is received in time.
  •  Make Travel Plans Early—Hotel and airfare costs are typically higher when booked close to your travel dates, so make any necessary reservations early.
  •  Contact Us if Your Plans Change—If you are unable to attend the ceremony, please contact chelsea.tibbetts@kaplan.edu.
  •  Rehearsal—be on the lookout for a video with information related to marching in our graduation ceremony.

Step 5: What to Expect Graduation Day

June 10, 2017 Maine Ceremony Schedule

  •  9:45 am—Graduate Check-in for the Morning Ceremony, Rehearsal Hall
  •  10:00 am—Auditorium doors open for the guest seating
  •  11:00 am–1:00 pm—Graduation Ceremony

Helpful Hints

  • Be Prepared to Walk—Before processing into the auditorium, you will line up in a holding area with your classmates. There is moderate distance between the holding area and the auditorium, which does include stairs. If you or a family member needs any special accommodations please make sure to fill out that information when asked this question on the registration form.
  •  Do Not Arrive Earlier Than Requested—While we encourage you to arrive early enough to become familiar with the area, if you do not have questions or do not require assistance, please refrain from arriving earlier than requested to avoid long wait periods.
  •  Parking—Reasonably priced parking is available in the Top of the Old Port lot located on the corner of Franklin and Congress Street beginning at 9:00 am. They only accept cash payments and typically the charge has been $10.00 for the event.  There are other parking options also available in the area. Keep in mind, street parking is metered parking with a maximum of two hours or there are some areas that operate kiosks, so it may be best to park in a lot.
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Step 6: Life After Graduation


Graduation is now behind you, but Kaplan University has more to offer.


  • Explore the Alumni page to stay connected with fellow graduates and peers, and to take advantage of the many benefits available to Kaplan University graduates, including discounts with select retailers, continuing your education, and more.
  • All graduates can also check out the career search tools available through the Career Network. The Career Network is accessible via the KU Campus portal to currently enrolled students and graduates of Kaplan University. It is a social platform for our students and alumni to collaborate with each other and the Career Services team. You can search for jobs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as track your job search activity. Additionally, Maine graduates are welcome to contact the Director of Career Services, Rob Klaiber at rklaiber@kaplan.edu.
  • Check out the Social Hub to stay connected with us in the social media community.
  • If you live or work in Androscoggin County, register your degree on the Virtual Degree Monument through College for ME-Androscoggin. The Degree Monument celebrates the efforts of people living or working in Androscoggin County who have earned college degrees. This virtual monument honors the hard work and perseverance it takes to earn a postsecondary degree.

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