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Founder returns to address NESCom graduates

Posted May 15, 2011, at 5:55 p.m.
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BANGOR, Maine — The New England School of Communication marked its 30th anniversary Saturday when it awarded baccalaureate degrees to 60 students at the Newman Athletic Facility at Husson University.

Students were awarded Bachelor of Science degrees in communications technology and media studies, according to a press release. NESCom graduates will go on to specialize in the fields of Web media, journalism, marketing communications, video production, audio engineering, radio broadcasting and live sound technology, according to Susan Patten, marketing director for the school.

Founder George Wildey, 74, of Veazie returned Saturday to NESCom to congratulate graduates and deliver the commencement address. He retired as president of the school six years ago.

Wildey founded the New England School of Broadcasting in 1982 with just 23 students. It moved onto the Husson campus three years later and in 2001 opened its own $1.3 million building with new studios for television, sound engineering, desktop publishing, multimedia and a number of audio-video editing suites.

On Saturday, NESCom also presented Adrienne Bennett, press secretary for Gov. Paul LePage, with its Outstanding Alumni Award for 2011.

Bennett, 32, of Freedom graduated in 2001 with an Associate of Science degree in communications. Before working for the governor, she was the central Maine bureau chief-reporter for WABI-TV5 in Bangor.

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