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Traffic expected to be heavy Saturday at UMaine during graduation, track championships

Posted May 04, 2012, at 5:12 p.m.

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ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine’s 210th Commencement will be Saturday, May 5. Also beginning that day are the America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and university police expect traffic to be heavy.

Commencement, which is one of Maine’s largest single-day indoor annual events, features ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Harold Alfond Sports Area to award undergraduate and graduate degrees to students graduating from Maine’s flagship university.

The Track and Field Championships, May 5-6, will feature athletes from the nine America East schools competing in Harold Alfond Stadium.

The UMaine Police Department is reminding motorists that traffic on Saturday will be heavier than usual in the Orono area.

Anyone attending commencement should plan to arrive early, UMaine said in a press release. Doors open at 8 a.m.

Shuttle buses will provide transportation to Alfond Arena from the Steam Plant parking lot, the Belgrade parking lot, the Collins Center for the Arts parking lot and the Hilltop parking lot.

In addition, for those who opt to park in Orono on May 5, the Black Bear Orono Express Shuttle will run two buses, making a complete route every 15 minutes on campus, including a stop on Gym Drive.

Vehicles with handicapped plates or placards can be parked in the satellite lot behind Alfond Arena. There will be a designated handicapped drop-off area on the side of the Alfond Arena, where University Volunteer Ambulance personnel will be available to assist attendees.

In Alfond Arena, backpacks and strollers are prohibited, according to UMaine police.

The commencement floor level is not accessible by spectators for any purpose, including photos, UMaine said.

The ceremonies will be broadcast on video monitors in Memorial Gym in the event that Alfond Arena reaches its legally allowable capacity.

Visitors are reminded that the University of Maine is a tobacco-free campus, the press release said.

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