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Commencement exercises at the Cross Insurance Center

Husson University Class of 2022 Commencement Information

commencement2.jpgThe 2022 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

This information is published by the Commencement Committee to help answer any questions you might have about your commencement. After you read this, if you still have questions, please call Gretchen Schaefer at (207) 941-7152 or email schaeferg@husson.edu.

The two main events are the commencement and graduate academic hooding. The commencement is for all graduates, regardless of what degree you have earned. The academic hooding ceremony is for people receiving a Master or Doctoral degree.


Ceremonies

Graduation

The Husson University Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Doors to the facility will open for guests at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held at Cross Insurance Center at 515 Main Street in Bangor. You will be directed where to line up when you arrive at the facility. Students should arrive at the Cross Insurance Center at 9:00 a.m. Tickets for your guests are NOT required. Early arrival is recommended to avoid traffic congestion and to obtain choice seating. All guests to the Cross Insurance Center are subject to the venue’s security policy.

The ceremony is expected to last approximately 2.5 hours.


COVID Protocols
Due to high levels of transmission of COVID-19 in Penobscot County, masks will be required at this event.


Live Feed of the Graduation Ceremony
A link to the live feed of the Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, May 7, can be found at the following link: https://youtu.be/JONVYGFLpp4


Graduate Hooding Ceremony

To recognize the significance of receiving your graduate degree from Husson University, the University will hold a Graduate Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Newman Gymnasium on the Bangor campus. The gymnasium will open for guests at 5:30 p.m. Students should arrive at the gym at 6:00 p.m. All graduate students will receive a letter with more information in late March. 

The hooding ceremony is expected to last approximately one hour.

 

COVID Protocols
Due to high levels of transmission of COVID-19 in Penobscot County, masks will be required at this event.

 

Live Feed of the Graduate Hooding Ceremony
A link to the live feed of the Graduate Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 6, can be found at the following link: https://youtu.be/bEZmJ-o9nX4


Photography
For your benefit, we have made arrangements with Lifetouch, for a professional photographer to record the moment you receive your degree. The full-color proofs of these photos will be posted on the web. Information will be sent to your home address.

 

Social Media

A customized Snapchat filter will be available at the Cross Insurance Center during the commencement ceremony. 

There will also be customized Giphy stickers and GIFs available to add to social media posts.

 

Degrees and honors
At the commencement ceremony, each graduate will receive an empty degree folder. Personalized degree certificates will be mailed after the completion of full academic review. The valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2022 will be announced at the ceremony.

Students who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or above will receive a gold honor cord to wear with their regalia. These cords will be distributed with regalia. Questions about this should be directed to your academic advisors.


Cap and Gown Outfits and Graduation Announcements (Updated as of March 16th): 

  • Between now and Friday, April 1st, students that petitioned late or missed the original deadline can go to https://www.buildagrad.com/husson to reserve their cap & gown outfit. Note that payment will be due at time of pick up in-store, not when preordering.  
  • Anyone that misses the April 1st deadline to preorder will need to wait until April 14th when the Bookstore begins distributing and collecting payment for outfits. Those students can come into the Bookstore or go onto the bookstore’s website, www.hussonshop.com, to purchase without a preorder.  
  • If you are not local to Bangor and will need your outfit shipped to you, then you can place an order on the Husson Bookstore’s website. Cap & gown outfits will be visible for purchase on the Bookstore’s website starting April 14th Once your order is processed you will receive an email confirmation with tracking information. 
  • If you want to have a friend pick up your outfit, then you can place your order on the Bookstore’s website and provide the name of the person picking up your order in the comment section. The second email notification you receive will confirm that your order is ready for pick up, which may take one-two business days.  
  • As a reminder, you can preorder your cap & gown outfit prior to petitioning, but you will not be able to receive it unless your petition to graduate has been approved by the registrar’s office.  
  • If you are completing your program in August or December, but will be within 6 credits of completing all degree requirements by the end of this spring term, you may be eligible to request permission to participate in commencement this May.  Graduation petitions for August and December degree candidates will open on March 28th.  At that time you may also complete the form to officially request permission to participate in commencement. If you are not sure, or have any questions about the process, you can contact the registrar’s office at registrar@husson.edu.
  • If you are interested in ordering Announcements, you can go to https://www.cbgrad.com/school/HUSSON. Note that Announcements must be paid for at time of purchase and will ship directly to the address you provide. Announcements are not required; they are an optional service that is offered by Balfour. 
  • Students with an approved graduation petition and/or permission to participate may pick up the cap & gown outfit from the Husson University Bookstore between April 14th and May 6th. Bookstore hours will be 10-4 Monday – Thursday, 10-3:30 Friday.
  • For reference, payment is due when picking up in store or ordering online.  

2022 outfit pricing:

Associate outfit (cap, gown, tassel) - $25 plus tax  

Bachelor outfit (cap, gown, tassel) - $25 plus tax  

Master outfit (cap, gown, tassel, hood) - $48 plus tax  

Doctor outfit (tam, gown, tassel, hood) - $105 plus tax   

 

Any questions regarding cap & gown outfits should be directed to the Husson University Bookstore, 207-947-2270 or 207-941-7114.  

 

Special needs
There is ample accessible seating on the concourse level of the Cross Insurance Center. The accessible seating area can be accessed by entering through the southwest entrance. 


Parking
Commencement guests will be directed to parking areas around the Cross Insurance Center. Additional parking can be found in the parking garage attached to the Hollywood Casino.

 

Directions to the Cross Insurance Center

From I-95 North or South:

Take Exit 182A to I-395 East. 

Follow to Exit 3B (Main Street) 

Take a right onto Main Street 

Take a left onto Buck Street at the Third light 

Parking is to the left; Enter through the Civic Center parking lot

From Route 1A:

From Ellsworth, travel to I-395 West 

Follow to Exit 3 (Main Street). 

Take a right onto Main Street 

Take a left onto Buck Street at the second light 

Parking is to the left; Enter through the Civic Center parking lot