PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Two distinguished speakers will help the University of Maine at Presque Isle celebrate its 100th commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 16.
UMPI President Don Zillman said Tuesday that the college was looking forward to the ceremony, which will feature U.S. 2nd District Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, who will deliver the commencement address.
During the event, honorary doctor of humane letters degrees will be presented to Michaud and to Bruce Brown, a leading proponent of art education and contemporary art in the state.
Michaud was sworn in as a congressman in January 2003, becoming the first recognized Franco-American from Maine to be elected to federal office. Michaud serves on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Committee on Small Business.
Michaud was raised in Medway and worked for Great Northern Paper Co. for 29 years before venturing into politics.
He attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University. In 1989, he was awarded a Doctor of Public Service from Unity College in Unity. In 2007, he was awarded a Doctor of Public Service from Husson College.
Brown, an educator and art collector, has worked for more than 35 years as a proponent of art education and contemporary art in the state. The Portland native is the curator emeritus of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport.
He organized more than 200 exhibitions between 1987 and 2006.
Brown was recognized by Arts and Antiques magazine in 2007 as one of America’s significant art collectors. He currently serves on committees at the Portland Museum of Art, the Maine Media Workshops and PCA Great Performances. He was presented the Leadership in the Visual Arts Award in Maine by the Maine College of Art in 2000.
Zillman said Tuesday that the fact that the university is celebrating its 100th commencement is “sobering but very inspiring.”
He added that thousands of students have earned their degrees at UMPI since it opened its doors in 1903.
In honor of the 100th commencement, students will wear, along with their traditional graduation regalia, blue stoles bearing the centennial logo.
Commencement exercises are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. in Wieden Gymnasium.
A reception for graduates, family and friends will be held in the Campus Center immediately after the ceremony.