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College graduation season set to begin

By Dylan Riley Special to the News, Special to the BDN

Graduation ceremonies are getting under way across Maine this month, with guest speakers ranging from students to state legislators.

The University of Maine will hold commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Harold Alfond Arena. UMaine’s guest speaker for both ceremonies will be 1986 UM graduate Gov. John Baldacci.

UMaine’s graduation is the state’s largest ceremony, and 12,000 students, faculty and guests are expected in Orono this year, according to a university statement.

The University of Maine at Farmington will hold its graduation ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 15. Maine Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree will be one of the commencement speakers at UMF, in addition to student speaker Robert Sherman. The UMF Class of 2010 numbers 462 students.

Husson University will hold its graduation at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Winkin Sports Complex in Bangor. In case of inclement weather, Husson will hold two ceremonies in Newman Gymnasium.

Husson’s guest speaker is Kerry Johnson, president of Eastern Maine Medical Center. Husson will hold a second ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in Portland at Woodfords Corner Congregational Church for its students there.

The University of Maine at Augusta graduation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at Augusta Civic Center. Irwin Gratz, Maine Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” anchor, will be commencement speaker at UMA. The ceremony is expected to take two hours.

Bates College in Lewiston will hold its graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 30, at the Coram Library Quadrangle.

Bowdoin College in Brunswick will hold its graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 29.

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