Family and friends of the College of the Atlantic Class of 2023 are invited to join us on campus for our 50th commencement ceremony! The event takes place under a big tent on the college’s North Lawn beginning at 2 p.m. A reception will follow.

Please visit our maps & directions page for information on getting here. Graduation ceremony parking will be available via the north and south entrances.

Attendees of 2023 COA commencement activities are expected to follow all relevant campus COVID-19 protocols. COA is a fully vaccinated campus and visitors are expected to be as well


College of the Atlantic 2022 commencement


Author, professor, and nationally known advocate for human rights Jennifer Finney Boylan is our 2022 keynote speaker. Boylan is the author of the critically acclaimed breakthrough bestseller memoir, She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, one of the first bestselling works by a transgender American. An activist for LGBTQ people, and transgender men and women in particular, Boylan is the author of 18 books, a trustee of PEN America, and the Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. In 2022-23 she will be a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Queer, Black writer, poet, and activist Alexis Pauline Gumbs will receive an honorary Master of Philosophy degree in human ecology. Gumbs has transformed the scope of intellectual, creative, and oracular writing with her triptych of experimental works. Unlike most academic texts, Gumb’s work has inspired artists across form to create dance works, installation work, paintings, processionals, divination practices, operas, quilts, and more. She is the founder of Brilliance Remastered, an online network and series of retreats and online intensives serving community accountable intellectuals and artists.


Future commencement dates

June 8, 2024