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UMaine Commencement Tips

ORONO — The University of Maine’s 209th commencement, scheduled for Saturday May 7, will fill Alfond Arena with graduates and spectators for each of its two sessions. ¬†One of Maine’s largest single-day, indoor annual events, UMaine commencement
celebrates the accomplishments of those graduating from Maine’s flagship university.

Traffic will be exceptionally heavy, especially coming from the south. Those traveling to Orono for either session are asked to allow a good deal of extra time and plan on arriving early.  Doors will open at 8 a.m.

Backpacks and strollers are not allowed in Alfond Arena, according to UMaine police.  The commencement floor level is not accessible by spectators for any purpose, including photos. Shuttle buses will provide transportation to Alfond Arena from the Steam Plant Parking Lot, the Belgrade Parking Lot, the Collins Center for the Arts Parking Lot and the Hilltop Parking lot.  Additionally, the Black Bear Shuttle bus will run on its normal pattern from downtown Orono through campus, providing another way to get to Alfond Arena. For more information, call 581-3571 or visit joe.carr@umit.maine.edu

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