Saturday, May 6, 2023  |  11:00am

Outdoors Event  |  Off-campus at the Narrow Gauge Amphitheater

Post-Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

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Student Questions

Your diploma will be mailed to you (along with 1 copy of the finalized printed Commencement Program) sometime in July / August. This will happen after notification has been received that you have fulfilled all requirements for your degree and a review of file has been completed.

You can make changes to your name or address on your application through Mainestreet or you can contact Sue Enman 207-778-7243 or

Contact Sue Enman at 207-778-7243 or to request a letter that will state you have applied for graduation and when all requirements are met and final review is done what degree you will earn.

Your degree will be posted after final review is done by the Registrar. You can request a transcript via your Mainestreet Student Center Self Service (Classic View) >  left hand side  >  Oher Academics  >  Transcript Request > Indicate Hold for Degree Conferred. The UMF Merrill Center runs a report each morning and requests will appear at time of degree clearance. You will need to make sure there are no holds / balances on your account, which would prevent printing of the transcript. You may also request a transcript in writing, with your written signature.

After your degree is awarded, the UMF Field Services Office will recommend you for certification in your subject area on the Maine Department of Education (DOE) online database, MEIS. You will receive an email with detailed instructions on the steps to follow to apply for certification. Early Childhood Education B-5 only students should consult with their advisor. See this link for answers to general questions.

Yes. The Livestrem of the event is here on our website and on our Youtube Channel. We don’t remove it from our Youtube Channel.

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2023 Commencement Program (pdf)
2023 Commencement Keynote Speaker Doris Santoro
Keynote speaker Dr. Doris Santoro, a professor of education at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Keynote Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient Dr. Doris Santoro

Dr. Doris Santoro, a professor of education at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, is a philosopher of education who conducts empirical research to study and theorize about the moral and ethical sources of teacher dissatisfaction and resistance. She is a teacher educator for pre-service and experienced practitioners and examines how norms and values are communicated in professional communities.

Santoro taught high school English in Brooklyn, New York and San Francisco, California and GED prep as an alternative to incarceration program. She also served as bilingual literacy consultant.

Santoro is a senior associate editor for the American Journal of Education. She has written two books called: “Demoralized: Why Teachers Leave the Profession They Love and How They Can Stay” and “Principled Resistance: How Teachers Resolve Ethical Dilemmas.” She has published widely in academic journals and publications geared towards teachers and school leaders. Santoro is regularly called upon for expert insight into issues about teacher satisfaction nationwide.

Santoro, who resides in Rangeley, Maine, continues to be an inspiration for her community. She has collaborated with the Portland Public Schools for several years to create schools where educators of color can thrive. She is a public intellectual devoted to ensuring that all students can benefit from excellent teachers.

She received a Doctorate of Education in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Rochester.

At the 2023 University of Maine at Farmington Commencement ceremony Santoro received the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.

2023 Commencement Student Speaker Emalyn Remington
Student speaker Emalyn Remington from Bennington, Vermont.

Student speaker Emalyn Remington from Bennington, Vermont

Graduating senior Emalyn Remington from Bennington, Vermont, gave the student address. A double major, Creative Writing and Performing Arts, Remington attributes her dedication to her academics to her father who passed away her freshman year and the importance he always put on her education.

Her love of theatre and written language can be seen in her academic commitment while at UMF. She is the current president of Student Theatre UMF and has managed the UMF Theatre costume shop for two years. She also serves as president of Alpha Psi Omega, the UMF honors theatre fraternity, and is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the UMF English honors fraternity

Remington is a gifted actor and designer; she has appeared in every Mainstage production during her time at UMF and has designed the costumes for four major plays.

After graduation, Remington will teach a theatre audition workshop at a high school in her hometown. She has been accepted to Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, where she will be working on a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Non-Fiction Writing.

Commencement Location — Narrow Gauge Amphitheater

The Narrow Gauge Amphitheater is located in downtown Farmington, behind Narrow Gauge Cinemas — near UMF’s Prescott Field (adjacent to Leib Field soccer pitch). This is a short walk from campus. For spectators who cannot sit outdoors, limited indoor seating and a livestream of the event will also be available inside Narrow Gauge Cinemas, next to the outdoor venue.

The University of Maine at Farmington thanks the following businesses and organizations for their generous support of this year’s Commencement:

  • John Moore from Narrow Gauge Cinemas
  • Robin’s Flower Pot
  • Adam Cote from Taylor Construction
  • Robert Zundel from Tree Line Landscape
  • The Farmington Downtown Association

Contact Us

UMF Commencement Committee
University of Maine at Farmington
Merrill Hall
224 Main Street
Farmington, Maine USA 04938
tel  207-778-7276
TYY (via Maine Relay Service) dial 711