Comments for: Traffic expected to be heavy Saturday at UMaine during graduation, track championships

Posted May 04, 2012, at 5:12 p.m.

ORONO | The University of Maine’s 210th Commencement will be Saturday, May 5. Also beginning that day are the America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and university police expect traffic to be heavy. Commencement, which is one of Maine’s largest single-day indoor annual events, features ceremonies at 10 …

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  • Anonymous

    Congrats to the idiots who scheduled the America East for the same day as the two Commencement ceremonies. Traffic is always a mess for graduation, but now it will be a nightmare.  Brilliant planning. But then, given UMaine’s elevation of athletics over academics, no surprise. Maybe Commencements should have been cancelled to satisfy UMaine’s athletics.

    • Anonymous

      This was an America East decision a long time ago. Maine is on a four year rotation to host with three other schools. It is also a two-day event at UM.

      • Well, it was a joke for Friday’s reception honoring the graduate students after their hooding ceremony.  Nothing like being in the field house for a reception with half-naked athletes stretching and sweating it up and running around the track.  Bunyan1 has it right: athletics at UMaine is a $9/million a year money pit that should be spent on academic infrastructure.

        • Anonymous

          Without UM athletics the university’s national recognition/exposure would be way down. Many people learn about these schools because athletics is free promotion for the school. Anything to make money and get exposure. I don’t see other departments at Maine make money back like athletics do.

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