Husson names top students for graduation on Saturday

Posted May 10, 2010, at 8:27 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Husson University will award 330 undergraduate degrees, 125 master’s degrees and two honorary doctorates at its 111th commencement at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Winkin Sports Complex on campus.

Students from 150 Maine towns, 15 states and eight countries will earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Husson’s schools of business, education, health, and science and humanities, according to a press release issued Monday by Julie Green, spokeswoman for the university.

Senior Class President Maurice Thayer of Scarborough will deliver the class address and receive a Bachelor of Science in business administration degree.

Joseph David Kane of Bradford and Bradley Aurele Ala of Caribou were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 2010. Kane maintained a 3.981 grade point average, and Ala’s grade point average was 3.980

Kane will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Master of Science in business. He is the son of David and Valerie Kane of Bradford and a 2005 graduate of Central High School.

Ala will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and a doctorate in physical therapy. Ala is the son of John and Linda Ala of Caribou and is a 2006 graduate of Caribou High School.

Nedra J. Bellows of Searsport was named the outstanding student of the Class of 2010. She is receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

Deborah Carey Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, and Philip Grant, professor of management and human resources, will receive honorary doctoral degrees.

Johnson received a Master of Science in business degree from Husson in 1987. As CEO of EMMC, she leads a 411-bed regional referral hospital with a $580 million operating budget, 3,600 employees, and 380 active medical staff members.

Grant has been on the Husson faculty since 1968. Over the years, he has published 10 management books and more than 165 academic-professional articles. His most recent book, “The Mathematics of Human Motivation: Applying the Law of Escalating Marginal Sacrifice,” was published in 2008.

Graduation for students at Husson’s Portland campus will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, at Woodfords Congregational Church. Degrees will be awarded to 70 undergraduates and 12 graduate students. Bill Green, host of the TV show “Bill Green’s Maine,” will deliver the commencement address.

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