Graduation + Commencement

Congratulations Graduates!

The 2023 KVCC Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.  This date is subject to change if circumstances require.  Please review the 2023 KVCC Commencement Ceremony details further down the page for more specific event information.

Commencement at KVCC is a treasured tradition.  There are key distinctions between graduation and commencement.

Graduation is the process of completing program requirements as indicated by the course audit and by settling all financial obligations to the college.  Once final grades are posted, your record will be evaluated, and your diploma will be sent to you via mail to your address on file.  The process of auditing all students for graduation takes an average of 6-8 weeks from the end of the semester.

Commencement on the other hand, refers to the spring ceremony, officiated by the President of Kennebec Valley Community College, to celebrate the importance of your academic accomplishments.  It is also a time for Kennebec Valley Community College, the Maine Community College System board of Trustees, the Maine Community College System President, administrators and faculty to acknowledge the exceptional efforts you have shown in earning your certificate or degree.

This section of the KVCC website provides a thorough breakdown of everything you need as a graduate to prepare for both graduation and commencement.  To begin the process, all students who are completing a degree or certificate in May or August 2023 must complete the graduation application.

2023 Commencement Ceremony Details

2023 Commencement Ceremony Details

The 2023 KVCC Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.  This date is subject to change if circumstances require.

All graduates participating in the KVCC Commencement Ceremony should be at the Augusta Civic Center by 9:00 a.m.  Please enter through the doors at the North Wing (on the right side of the ACC).  Please note:  All other guests must enter through the front doors.

Guest seating is first come, first serve.  Please be aware that floor level seating fills quickly.  Once the floor seats are full, guests will be directed to the balcony.  Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

The Commencement Speaker is Jermaine Moore, the Founder of the Mars Hill Group.  To learn more about Jermaine’s work regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion by clicking here.

Commencement Celebrations

Commencement Celebrations

Congratulations graduates!  KVCC is excited about all you have achieved.  In addition to the commencement ceremony, the college has numerous commencement celebrations.  Many of these are listed below:

April 12:  Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony, 6 PM in Moody Chapel, Alfond Campus

May 1:  Culinary Cordon Ceremonly, 3 PM in Moody Chapel, Alfond Campus

May 5:  Graduate Social and Commencement Rehearsal, 3 PM Carter Hall patio and Multi-Purpose Room, Fairfield campus

May 8:  TRIO Graduation Celebration,

May 9:  RT Pinning Ceremony

May 10:  Nursing Pinning, 6 PM in Moody Chapel, Alfond Campus

May 11:  Evening of Excellence, 7 PM Carter Hall Multi-Purpose Room

May 13:  Commencement Ceremony (date is subject to change)

Commencement Regalia

Commencement Regalia

Commencement regalia are the black robes and caps, sometimes referred to as mortar boards, worn by graduating students.  Regalia may also include stoles and cords that denote traditions of academic achievement.  Please click on the section about Honors & Awards to understand more about these distinctions.

KVCC graduates order their regalia by filling out the graduation application form, which must be completed no later than March 15, 2023.

Regalia Pick-up

KVCC students can pick up their commencement regalia on the KVCC Fairfield Campus in the Enrollment Services Center (Frye Building, Fairfield) beginning May 1.  The regalia should include your cap and gown (along with stole and, if applicable, honor cords).  All caps and gowns must be picked up before May 10.  If you have earned an honor cord, it will be in the bag with your regalia.  ESC Hours:  Monday through Thursday 8 AM to 5 PM and Friday 9 AM to 4 PM.

Diploma Information

Diploma Information

Once final grades are posted, your record will be evaluated and your diploma in a KVCC diploma case will be sent to you via mail to your address on file.  The process of auditing all students for graduation takes an average of 6-8 weeks from the end of the semester.  If your address changes, please update the college by emailing the registrar:

Graduate Application

Graduation Application

To begin the process, all students who are completing a degree or certificate in May or August 2023 must complete the graduation application  by Friday, March 15th, 2023.

Graduate Survey

Graduate Survey

Congratulations on your achievement!

The Senior Survey is a terrific opportunity to tell us about your experiences here at KVCC.

As a graduate, you have valuable information to provide that will help us to improve the student experience.

Your answers are confidential and the survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Thank you for sharing your viewpoints!

The survey can be found here.

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards


For the purpose of wearing honors cords at commencement, graduating students must meet the cumulative GPA requirements listed below:

  • Honors- 3.50 to 3.699 receives one silver honor cord
  • High Honors- 3.700 and higher receives one gold honor cord
  • Graduating students who have a 4.0 will receive a medal to wear during the ceremony

The calculation of the commencement GPA does not include spring semester grades and is calculated at the end of the fall term.

If you have any questions about the honors policy, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 207-453-5128 or email

Additional Awards

John H. Lapoint Leadership Award: Student of the Year
Each year, 7 students, one from each of the Maine Community Colleges, are honored with this award and designated Student of the Year.  Students are nominated and selected by faculty, staff, and administration based on their academic success, campus and community service, leadership and the ability to achieve their dreams.  This graduating student provides the student address at the commencement ceremony.


Student of the Year Nomination Form

The KVCC Student of the Year nomination form has closed for the Spring 2023 semester.



Student of the Year Nominee Process

The Student of the Year honor is given each year to seven (7) outstanding students within the Maine Community College System (one from each institution).  To receive this honor, the student selected must:   

  • Demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in their program 
  • Demonstrate service (College community/local community) 
  • Be a role model to others by the way in which the student lives their life, and
    demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and civic engagement 

To help us get to know you, please complete the information below. 

Document Criteria: 

  • Your Name and Program of Study 
  • Double spaced with one-inch margins on all sides 
  • 12-point font, Times New Roman 
  • There is no page limit! 
  • Submit by February 21st, 2023 by 5:00p.m.

Please address the four questions below.  Please be specific in your responses. 

Part I.  List ways in which you have served as a role model and/or a leader on campus or in your local community. Please be specific.


Part II.  Each student has a personal story of perseverance – how you made it to Graduation despite challenges and obstacle along the way.  Take a moment and reflect on your journey. 


Part III.  If selected as the 2023 Student of the Year, you would serve as the student commencement speaker. Share the introduction to your Commencement address. Be mindful of your message to your fellow classmates, their families and invited guests. What would your central theme be?  How might you inspire them to action? 

This link below will provide you with some wonderful information regarding how to write a commencement address.


Part IV.  Extracurricular and volunteer activities contributing to this campus community AND in your local community.  For each item you note, please include:  

  • the activity you were engaged in  
    • a description of the activity and  
    • the length of time you engaged in this activity 
    • Please note if this was on campus or a community activity 


Student of the Year Nominee Materials

Student of the Year materials are submitted by the nominee to the Student of the Year committee for review.

Reminder: Your document should include answers to the four questions, your name and program of study, be double spaced with one inch margins on all sides, and be in 12-point font, Times New Roman. There is no page limit!
Drop files here or
Max. file size: 300 MB.

    Lapoint Leadership Award: Student of the Year Past Recipients

    • 2022    Kristin Wallaker, Electrical Technology
    • 2021     Adrian Hoyt, Liberal Studies
    • 2020    Mason Peterson, Liberal Studies
    • 2019    Keith Giles, Culinary Arts
    • 2018    Lori Cobb, Nursing
    • 2017    Natasha Manson, Business
    • 2016    Erin Falconer, Mental Health


    Aaron Levine Award

    In 1967, through the 104th Legislature, Senator Levine spearheaded the appropriation of funds through the Maine Department of Education to provide post-secondary vocational programs at Kennebec Valley Vocational Technical Institute (KVVTI).  The first location was at Waterville High School.

    The Aaron Levine award is given to a student who has demonstrated citizenship, has been actively involved with campus and community projects and demonstrated leadership in addition to technical knowledge.

    The student is named at Commencement.

    Aaron Levine Past Recipients:

    • 2022    Sarah Cawley, Mental Health & Stefani Bock, Physical Therapy
    • 2021     Laurel Dorr, Liberal Studies
    • 2020    Joseph Frechette, Business & Abby Pelletier, Nursing
    • 2019    Casey Henderson, Mental Health & Kellie Wiswell, Physical Therapy
    • 2018    Sonya Dodson, Mental Health
    • 2017    Sharon Dearborn, Business & Alexander Walz, Liberal Studies
    • 2016    Lori Cobb & Ashley Emery


    Fred Whitney Award  

    This award is given in memory of Fred W. Whitney.  Fred was the first director of Kennebec Valley Vocational Technical Institute from 1970 to 1973.

    The Fred Whitney Award is given to a student who, through personal sacrifice, perseverance and determination, have demonstrated scholastic achievement and the ability to overcome personal obstacles while a student at KVCC.

    The student is named at Commencement.

    Fred Whitney Past Recipients:

    • 2022    Christopher Ellis, Physical Therapy & Daryn Gilbert, Respiratory Therapy
    • 2021     Rachel Herrin, Nursing & Jon Martincic, Business
    • 2020    Bethany Charles, Physical Therapy & Norman Kehling, Precision Machining
    • 2019    Stefanie Johansen, Radiology  & Joseph Seigars, Radiology
    • 2018    Joshua Dyer, Liberal Studies & Anne Madore, Business
    • 2017    Allen Bernier, Mental Health  & Favia Debrito, Liberal Studies
    • 2016    Tatsiana Fields, Occupational Therapy


    King Award

    The King Award is given in memory of Bernard King, Director of Kennebec Valley Vocational Technical Institute from 1973 to 1984. This honor is awarded to the student with a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA).

    King Award Past Recipients:

    • 2022     Colton Chubbuck, Lineworker & Matthew Vogel, Liberal Studies
    • 2021     Laurel Dorr, Liberal Studies & Matthew Richards, Lineworker
    • 2020    Jessica Cook, Sustainable Agriculture & Spencer Richardson, Lineworker
    • 2019    Kymberly Wright, Mental Health
    • 2018    Julia Rae Supp, Business
    • 2017    Julie Belanger, Early Childhood
    • 2016    Lauren Webb, Physical Therapy
    Phi Theta Kappa

    Phi Theta Kappa

    Graduating students who are inducted members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) may choose to wear a specific honor stole.  These stoles are to be purchased by the student.  PTK members can purchase these directly from the PTK store.

    Questions?  Contact the PTK advisor, Brandon Boudreault ( or Jannie Durr (


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