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Postponed: Commencement 2020

UPDATE: March 20, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Maine has banned gatherings of more than 10 people until further notice. In order to safeguard the MECA community and the community at large, we are postponing our 2020 Commencement Ceremony. We are planning to have a celebration of our 2020 graduates at the beginning of the Fall semester. We will update this page when we have more information.


Schedule: Learn more

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 10am at the State Theatre located at 609 Congress Street, Portland, Maine. Reception immediately following at Maine College of Art, Porteous Building, 522 Congress Street in Portland, Maine.

MFA Thesis Exhibition
On view: May 8–June 6, 2020
Opening: Friday, May 8, 5–8pm
Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA
Bob Crewe Galleries
MFA Hooding Ceremony
Friday, May 8, 2020, 2pm
Osher Hall
MAT Online Exhibition
On view: May 7–12, 2020
Joanne Waxman Library
MAT Hooding Ceremony
Friday, May 8, 2020, 12pm
Joanne Waxman Library
BFA Thesis Exhibition
On view: May 1–15, 2020
Opening: Friday, May 1, 2020, 5–8pm
Lower Level + Floors 1–3
BFA Fashion Show
Friday, May 1, 2020, 7:30pm*
Institute of Contemporary Art
*Tickets required


Recommended Hotel

The Westin Portland Harborview
157 High St, Portland, ME 04101

  • Maine College of Art has reserved a block of rooms for friends and families of our 2020 graduates at a special rate of $199, plus taxes, for a single or double room
  • To make a reservation, call 207.517.8822 and mention “Maine College of Art Commencement 2020” or click here to reserve a room online
  • Rooms are guaranteed at this rate until April 10, 2020

Additional Hotels with Special Rates

The Press Hotel
119 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101

  • To make a reservation, call 207.808.8800 and ask for the Maine College of Art special rate.

Holiday Inn By the Bay
88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101

  • To book a reservation, call 207.775.2311
  • When booking, ask for Maine College of Art special corporate rate: Jan 1–Dec 31, 2020: 15% off best flexible rate when booking
  • Rates may change without announcement.

Hyatt Place Portland Old Port
433 Fore Street, Portland ME, 04101

  • When making a reservation, call 207.770.2404 or 207.770.2403
  • Ask for Maine College of Art special corporate rate

Other Accommodations

The Danforth Inn
163 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04102

Inn at Park Spring
135 Spring St, Portland, ME 04101

Portland Harbor Hotel
468 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101]


Directions to Maine College of Art, Porteous Building:
Portland Map

From the North
Take Interstate 295 to Exit 7, Franklin Street

From the South
Take the Maine Turnpike northbound to Exit 44, Interstate 295. Follow Interstate 295 to Exit 7, Franklin Street

Directions to the Porteous Building at 522 Congress Street:
Stay on Franklin Street until you hit the top of the hill and take a right onto Congress Street.
You will pass City Hall on your right; continue on Congress several more blocks, past Monument Square. Porteous is the large building on the left with a brown awning.


There is a public parking garage at 45 Spring Street, on the right just past the Cumberland County Civic Center. To go to the Porteous Building from the parking garage, leave the parking garage through its rear exit, onto Free Street; the Porteous Building will be immediately across the street from you.

On-street 2-hour parking is available on Congress, Casco (directly across from the Porteous Building entrance) and surrounding streets.

Portland Parking Garages and Lots

  • One City Center Parking Garage, Monument Square, 773.2761
  • Midtown Parking Lot, 44 Fore St.
  • Top of the Old Port Parking Lot, 119 Pearl & Congress Sts., 828.1212
  • Temple Street Parking Garage, 11 Temple St., 772.5762
  • Cumberland County Parking Garage, Newbury St., 871.8275
  • Custom House Sq. Parking Garage, Pearl & Fore Sts.
  • Fore Street Parking Garage, 439 Fore St., 772.7738
  • Casco Bay Parking Garage, Commercial St. at Maine State Pier, 774.8653
  • Cotton & Center Parking Lot, 57 Center St., 879.8983
  • Public Market Parking Garage, 315 Cumberland Ave, 774.2829
  • Spring St. Parking Garage, 45 Spring St., 874.2842
  • Gateway Parking Garage, 181 High St., 761.1568
  • Harbor Plaza Parking Garage, Union St., 775.3788
  • Monument Square Parking Garage, Cumberland and Brown Sts.