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Open Close Commencement 2021
students attend commencement at the Cross Insurance Center

Frequently Asked Questions

The following degree recipients are eligible to participate in the May 2021 commencement ceremonies:

  • Students who completed their degree in December 2020
  • Students who completed their degree in May 2021

Students who are within six credit hours of completing their degree requirements by the end of the Spring 2021 semester and registered for their final courses during the Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 semester may seek permission to participate in the commencement ceremony early. Students must first submit their petition to graduate through the student portal. When completing the petition to graduate, students must select either 2021/SS (2021 Summer) or 2021/FA (2021 Fall) as their completion term. After making this selection, students must then complete a permission to participate form. A copy of this form can be found on the Registrar's Office Google site. Students will need to make sure to obtain all of the necessary approval signatures in order to attend commencement. After obtaining the necessary signatures, the application must be submitted to the Registrar's Office to be processed.

Yes, all students who would like to participate in commencement must be on the participant list no later than close of business on Friday, April 23, 2021.

Each student is allowed to invite two guests to Commencement. Additional family members can watch Husson University’s Commencement Exercises live, as part of a streaming video feed that will be available on during both Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Students will be required to submit the names of their guests in advance. Information about the process students will need to follow to submit guest names will be sent to them in the coming weeks. All guests will need to sit in assigned seating. This is being done to facilitate post-event contact tracing, should it become necessary.

The hooding ceremony will take place during the graduate ceremony at the Winkin Sports Complex at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Since these ceremonies will be held outdoors on the athletic turf at the Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex, students will not be allowed to wear stiletto or kitten heels. Wide chunk heels and platform heels will be permitted.

The same restriction applies to both students and guests when they are reunited at John P. Boucher Field after Commencement concludes. No one with stiletto and kitten heels will be permitted to stand on the athletic turf.

All regalia should be ordered through the Balfour regalia website at

Here are some important things for all students to keep in mind when ordering their regalia online:

  • The ordering deadline is March 31, 2021. This will be students’ only opportunity to order.
  • Payment is due when the online order is placed.
  • All students should use their email address for verification when logging in.
  • Students will need to have their petition approved for graduation before they can order their regalia. If a student’s email does not allow them access to the website, then their petition probably hasn’t been approved yet. The website is updated weekly on Tuesday afternoons. Any students, who have questions about pending petitions, should contact the Registrar’s office at
  • Students ordering regalia will be required to provide their March and April shipping addresses. A home address or a campus address is acceptable. The regalia will be shipped to the address designed by the student.
  • A confirmation email from Balfour will be sent to individual students after their orders are completed.
  • Summer 2021 graduates, petitioning for early participation, will not be able to order until after their petitions are approved, beginning in early April. There will be a second ordering time block set up for late petitions. Additional information will be included with the petition approval for these students.
  • We encourage all students to order as soon as possible to allow for processing and transit time.
  • Honor cords will not be included in any regalia shipments. All honor cords will be distributed at department award ceremonies and at Commencement events.
  • Questions about regalia should be sent to the Husson University Bookstore at

Yes. While all pairs of guests will be able to sit next to each other, each pair of guests will need to maintain the appropriate physical distance between themselves and other guests. In addition, all guests will be required to wear masks for the duration of the event.

Guests will also need to observe these practices as they enter the Winkin Sports Complex. All guests will need to maintain the appropriate physical distance from other guests and wear masks. Students will also need to maintain physical distance as they enter the sports complex during the opening procession. Seating for graduates and faculty on the field will be will provide for physical distancing.

In an effort to protect the health of our Husson community, all students, employees and campus visitors are required to wear masks in group gatherings and public spaces where incidental contact is likely. This includes Commencement and any other situation where individuals are within six feet of others in both indoor and outdoor settings.

All students participating in Commencement will be provided with a branded black mask that features the Husson University logo. The color of the mask material will match the color of graduating students’ black regalia. Guests will be provided with a complimentary standard disposable surgical mask they can wear during the Commencement ceremony.

After extensive research by our Protect Husson Health and Safety Task Force, and consultation with Bangor Public Health, Husson University has identified three types of masks that are effective in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These are: 

  • Cloth masks
  • Surgical masks
  • Standard dust masks

Other types of masks or face coverings, including masks with exhalation valves, plastic face shields, bandanas and gaiters do not sufficiently protect the person wearing the mask and/or other individuals.

Cloth masks, surgical masks and standard dust masks are the only types of masks Husson University accepts as meeting our requirements. No other types of masks should be worn on our campus. Anyone who want to wear a plastic face shield is welcome to do so, provided he, she or they also wear one of the three types of masks approved for usage on Husson University’s campus.

If you are a guest who is attending Commencement, and you do not own a mask that meets University standards, a complimentary surgical mask will be provided to you at the entrance of the Winkin Sports Complex prior to the ceremony.

The Winkin Sports complex is fully compliant with the requirements set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition, the streaming video will include closed captioning for the hearing impaired.

Any students or guests attending Commencement that have a disability should contact Elizabeth Atkinson, the director of accessibility services at Husson University’s Center for Student Success. Her phone number is 207.973.1017 and her email address is

Anyone interested in watching our Commencement Exercises who cannot be physically present at the event will be able to go to the University’s website and watch a live streaming video feed on Saturday, May 8, 2021. There is no charge to access this streaming video and no advance registration is required.

Since our two Commencement ceremonies will be taking place outdoors, Husson University will be monitoring the weather very closely. Heavy precipitation may require us to move Commencement from Saturday, May 8 to Sunday, May 9. If this were to occur, announcements would be sent to students and family members through email. We would also be sure to post this information on our website and to Husson social media platforms. Conversely, if the weather report calls for anything from a bright sunny day to a mild mist, Commencement will continue as planned on Saturday, May 8.

Some Husson University students are enrolled in the five-year MBA program and scheduled to simultaneously complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degree this year. Those students should only attend the graduate Commencement ceremony. Attending both the graduate and undergraduate Commencement ceremonies is not necessary.

At the graduate commencement ceremony, these students will be able to receive their hood in addition to their diploma. Their dual degree status will be acknowledged as they cross the stage.

Yes. The bookstore will be open for anyone who want to purchase Husson University branded apparel, drinkware, diploma frames and other items from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021. The bookstore is located in 107 Peabody Hall, across from Campus Security. Individuals can also make purchases through the bookstore’s website at