Commencement 2016

Commencement will be on Saturday, June 4, 2016, with speaker Barry Lopez. Please click here for more information on Commencement Weekend activities.

Friday graduation activities begin with student project presentations in Gates and senior work exhibitions around campus, followed by the Laurel Ceremony at 4:30 PM and President’s Reception for Seniors and Parents at 5:30 (that is a ticketed event; tickets will be mailed with graduation invitations). The Laurel Ceremony and President’s Reception are more intimate celebrations that are for graduating seniors and their immediate families.

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 a commencement speaker chosen by the senior class addresses the audience.

As degrees are conferred, students announce a fellow graduate’s name and present him or her with a flower. The ceremony is followed by a reception in the Newlin Gardens.


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.


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.


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!