ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine will hold its 209th commencement on Saturday, May 7, at the Harold Alfond Arena.
A 10 a.m. ceremony will be held for graduates in the College of Business, Public Policy and Health; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and the Division of Lifelong Learning.
Graduates in the College of Education and Human Development; the College of Engineering; and the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture will receive their degrees at a 2:30 p.m. ceremony.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins will deliver the commencement address at both ceremonies.
“From modest beginnings in Caribou, Maine, Susan Collins has risen to a prominent leadership role in our nation’s government,” UMaine President Robert Kennedy said Thursday in a press release. “We encourage our students to pursue high aspirations, and Senator Collins’ example should help inspire members of the Class of 2011 to set ambitious goals as they move into the next stage of their lives.”
The university will award honorary doctorates to Collins and to Peter Vigue, a business and economic development leader who serves as chairman and CEO of Cianbro Inc., a Pittsfield-based construction company.
Kristopher Robert Cooper, a biology major and Honors College student from Winthrop, will be the valedictorian. Rachel Ann Ventrella of Fayette, an elementary education major, will be the class salutatorian.