Commencement 2015

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View photos from the 2015 Commencement.

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10:00am at the the State Theatre located at 609 Congress Street, Portland, Maine.

2015 Commencement Invitation

Questions may be directed to [email protected]

Doors open to the public at 9:15am. No tickets are required.

Graduating BFA, MFA, and MAT Students should arrive by 8:45 am for a class picture.

A reception will immediately follow the commencement ceremony at Maine College of Art at 522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine. The commencement ceremony typically lasts two hours.

Plan to arrive early to allow time to find parking. The University of Southern Maine’s Commencement is on the same day in the Cross Arena so downtown Portland will be busy on this day.

MAT HOODING CEREMONY May 8, 2015 at 12:00pm JoAnne Waxman Library

MFA THESIS EXHIBITION May 8 – 31, 2015 Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art

BFA THESIS EXHIBITION May 1 – May 16, 2015  The Porteous Building

Viewing hours:  Wednesday - Sunday 11am-5pm,Thursday until 7pm. Also, on Friday, May 1 during First Friday from 5-8pm.

How can I see my student's work?

The BFA Thesis Exhibition is open, free of charge to the public, starting on First Friday, May 1st.

What is MECAmorphosis?

MECAmorphosis is a celebration of MECA’s BFA, MFA and MAT graduates. Full details, including ticket sales & schedule, are available at

Discounted Lodging 

Discounted accommodations are available on a first come first served basis and must be booked by the date indicated. Bookings must be made directly to the hotel at the number listed below.

When contacting the hotel, tell them  you would like to book under the "Maine College of Art Commencement" discount:

Holiday Inn by the Bay

$119 + tax nights of May 8 + May 9, 2015
Must be reserved by April 8, 2015

Clarion Hotel Portland

$89 + tax nights of May 8 + May 9, 2015
Must be reserved by April 3, 2015 

Other Lodging Options

Hotels in Portland and Surrounding Area 

Bed & Breakfasts in Portland and Surrounding Area

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.

Thomas Moser, Founder of Maine’s Thos Moser, Cabinetmakers will deliver the Commencement address at Maine College of Art’s 104th Commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9 at the State Theatre at 609 Congress Street.

Formerly a Bates College professor, Tom Moser left teaching in 1972 to restore the lost art of fine woodworking by making one-of-a-kind furniture in an old Grange Hall in New Gloucester, Maine. Throughout his life he had always been making things out of wood and after 15 years decided to leave academia to devote himself to his true passion, woodworking. Moser notes, “If you enjoy what you do, you never work a day in your life.” During the last forty years, the company has grown from a one-man operation to nearly 70 cabinetmakers (about half men and half women), with clients and collectors around the world.  
“For Maine College of Art students to hear from one of Maine’s best creative entrepreneurs as they graduate and embark on a career as an artist is a great opportunity,” said President Donald Tuski.  “Tom’s career demonstrates how art, craft, design and entrepreneurship can come together.”

Thomas Moser: Legacy in Wood opens in MECA’s ICA on July 22 and runs through September 21.  The exhibit surveys Thos Moser, Cabinetmakers 44 years of engagement with wood.  The work included in the exhibition spans four decades; in many instances walking the viewer through the growth of a chair from early design iterations through several design changes or variations on a central theme, always returning to what Moser via Plato calls "ultimate chairness." This Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art retrospective is the first exhibition to examine the central importance of Thomas Moser to the world of fine furniture craftsmanship.

The college will also confer honorary degrees on Ashley Bryan and June Fitzpatrick.

Writer, poet and illustrator of children’s books, Ashley Bryan doesn’t speak his stories, he sings them, fingers snapping, feet tapping, his voice articulating. Born in 1923, Ashley entered the tuition-free Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering, having been denied entry elsewhere because of his race. Following service in World War Two and a career of teaching art at several schools and universities, Bryan retired  in the 1980s to Maine’s Cranberry Isles as professor emeritus of Dartmouth College. He continues to paint, write, and illustrate at 92.

June Fitzpatrick owns the independent June Fitzpatrick Gallery housed within Maine College of Art, which holds a central position in the heart of Portland’s Arts District and is a destination point for local, regional and international collectors. June supports MECA students and alumni with annual exhibitions, including Ten Years After, which showcases MECA painting majors one decade after their graduation, the annual BFA Thesis Exhibition, and MECA’s annual staff show.

Donald Tuski, Ph.D, president of MECA, will confer the honorary degrees. “It is a profound honor to recognize the accomplishments of these distinguished individuals and welcome them to our alumni ranks,” said Tuski.