Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib delivers the keynote address at College of the Atlantic's 2017 commencement on Saturday, June 3.Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib delivers the keynote address at College of the Atlantic's 2017 commencement on Saturday, June 3.Commencement is on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2 p.m

The weekend’s activities begin Friday with capstone senior project presentations and end with awards and receptions for graduating seniors and their families. Please click here for times and details.

On Saturday, the soon-to-be graduates, led by bagpipers and the grand marshal, process past cheering family and friends. The board chair and president provide a welcome, three graduating seniors share their perspectives, and the commencement speaker chosen by the senior class addresses the audience.

As degrees are conferred, students announce a fellow graduate’s name and present each other with flowers. The ceremony is followed by an open reception in the Newlin Gardens.

Seating

Please remember that there is no reserved seating. If you, your family, or friends have any special needs or seating requirements, please contact Jen Hughes at 207-801-5622 to make arrangements.

Weather

Commencement is held on the last Saturday of term under a tent, rain or shine. June temperatures can vary greatly, so please bring a jacket and appropriate shoes (or boots!). In nice weather, the ceremony is visible from the lawn, and families with young children often prefer to bring blankets to sit on the grass.

Accommodations

A listing of local accommodations can be found here and additional lodging is available on the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s website.  Some may offer discounts for COA families; be sure to mention you’re visiting for commencement!

Directions

Click here for directions, travel information, campus maps, and more.  Please note that there is construction along the road to Bar Harbor and College of the Atlantic. Click here for project details, possible detour information, and the latest news.