Maine colleges and universities to hold commencements in May

Posted May 09, 2013, at 4:08 p.m.
Last modified May 10, 2013, at 7:55 p.m.

University of Maine, Orono

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine’s 211th Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in Harold Alfond Sports Arena.

University of Maine alumnus Lawrence Bender, the producer of films that have won a total of six Academy Awards, will address graduates in both ceremonies, and will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Bender is a 1979 graduate of UM, where he earned a degree in civil engineering. His films, which include “Inglourious Basterds,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Good Will Hunting,” have been honored with 29 Academy Award nominations, including three for Best Picture.

Bender, a social and political activist, co-founded the Detroit Project in 2003, which advocated for vehicles that will end the U.S. dependence on foreign oil. He also traveled to the Middle East with the Israeli Policy Forum, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council. He received the ACLU’s Torch of Liberty Award and was named a Wildlife Hero by the National Wildlife Federation.

In 2009, Bender was one of five alumni the University of Maine Foundation honored at its 75th anniversary celebration. He also was inducted into the College of Engineering’s Francis Crowe Society as a distinguished engineer in recognition of extraordinary accomplishments to society and his profession.

University of Southern Maine

GORHAM, Maine — Commencement 2013 will be held in two ceremonies on the Gorham Campus in the Costello Field House on Saturday, May 11.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and President of the Bernard Osher Foundation Mary G.F. Bitterman will deliver commencement speeches.

The first ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Doors open at 7 a.m. and guests should plan to arrive no later than 8 a.m. That ceremony will include all the graduates from Women and Gender Studies, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Science, Technology and Health (except the School of Nursing).

For a listing of departments within the College of Arts, Humanties and Social Sciences visit https://www.usm.maine.edu/cahs/departments

For a listing of departments within the College of Science, Technology and Health visit https://www.usm.maine.edu/csth/departments

The second ceremony will begin at 2 p.m — please plan to arrive no later than 1 p.m. — and will include the School of Nursing, the College of Management and Human Service, and Lewiston Auburn College.

The College of Management and Human Service includes the School of Business, the School of Education and Human Development, the School of Social Work, the Muskie School of Public Service, and the interdisciplinary Program in Tourism and Hospitality.

University of Maine, Augusta

AUGUSTA, Maine — The University of Maine at Augusta’s 45th commencement will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Augusta Civic Center. More than 600 graduates from the Augusta and Bangor campuses, online program and University College Centers will receive associate and baccalaureate degrees.

Award-winning journalist and author Paul Doiron, editor-in-chief of Down East magazine, Down East Books and DownEast.com, will be the commencement speaker. Maine native Doiron attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in English. He also holds a master of fine arts in creative writing from Emerson College. Doiron is a registered Maine Guide specializing in fly-fishing and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine. He is the author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels, including “The Poacher’s Son,” which won several awards.

Meredith Jones, president and CEO of Maine Community Foundation, will receive an honorary degree. Before joining the Maine Community Foundation, Jones was director of education and training for Maine Health Care Association. She also has worked as a member of former Gov. Angus King’s transition team, and as staff to the Maine Legislature’s Committee on Public Utilities.

University of Maine at Presque Isle

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host its 104th commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in Wieden Gymnasium.

A reception for graduates, family and friends will be held in the Campus Center after the ceremony.

John Cariani, a Presque Isle native, playwright and actor who has performed on Broadway, in the movies and on the small screen, will deliver the commencement address.

Cariani is an accomplished playwright and award-winning actor. His first play, “Almost, Maine,” premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004 and became that theater’s most successful production. It sold out its run and garnered critical acclaim. “Almost, Maine” opened off Broadway in 2006, and is now featured in Smith and Kraus’ “New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006.”

University of Maine at Machias

MACHIAS, Maine — The University of Maine at Machias will celebrate its 102nd commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Frederic A. Reynolds Center.

Jim Thompson, a retired journalist and communications specialist, will deliver the commencement address.

Thompson began his extensive career in journalism and communications as owner and editor of the weekly Piscataquis Observer in Dover-Foxcroft. He also held senior editorial positions for daily newspapers in Brunswick, Maine, and Barre-Montpelier, Vermont.

Before moving to Calais in 2002, he served as executive director of the Maine Publicity Bureau, now the Maine Tourism Association, and as the director of public information for the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. Most recently, he was the executive director of the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Downeast Heritage Museum until his retirement in 2008.

Thompson has also served as president of the Maine and New England press associations, adjunct instructor in journalism at the University of Maine, and adjunct instructor of English at Washington County Community College.

The ceremony will be streamed live online at www.machias.edu/umm-live.

Husson University, Bangor

BANGOR, Maine — Husson University will hold its 114th commencement in two parts: at 2 p.m., including the school’s first class of Doctor of Pharmacy graduates, on Saturday, May 11, in the Bangor Auditorium; and at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Woodfords Congregational Church in Portland.

Among the 600 degrees to be conferred on May 11, 250 will be graduate degrees and 77 will be doctoral degrees. Nearly 100 degrees will be awarded at the Portland ceremonies, including 24 graduate degrees.

The May 11 speaker will be best-selling author Tess Gerritsen of Camden, who will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Gerritsen, who writes suspense novels, has sold nearly 30 million books. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California at San Francisco, where she received her M.D. Prior to becoming a full-time author, she practiced internal medicine.

Husson alumnus Sae Il Lee of Seoul, South Korea, will receive an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Husson in 1972 and received his MIB from the Thunderbird School of International Management in Arizona. He is a successful businessman and entrepreneur in Southeast Asia in the textile and auto parts industries.

The speaker for the Southern Maine commencement on May 18 will be Charles E. Miller, Esq., retiring CEO at Bernstein and Shur. Valedictorian of the graduating class Emily C. Hanna, a native of Dixmont, will receive a Bachelor of Science in English, summa cum laude. She is a graduate of Central Vermont Academy and plans to go on to graduate school to pursue a doctorate in rhetoric and composition. The salutatorian is Paul E. Robinson of Bucksport, who will receive a Bachelor of Science in accounting, summa cum laude, and an MBA. He has accepted a position at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Boston.

Thomas College, Waterville

WATERVILLE, Maine — Thomas College’s 119th commencement will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Harold Alfond Athletic Center at Thomas College.

There are 130 undergraduate and 39 graduate degrees being conferred.

Commencement speaker Peter G. Vigue, CEO and chairman of The Cianbro Companies, will receive a Doctor of Science in Business Administration, honoris causa.

Originally from Caribou, Vigue has led Cianbro in varying capacities since his entry-level job there in 1970, having positioned the company as a pioneer in the construction industry. As a result of Vigue’s commitment to safety and health, Cianbro is recognized for its safety and wellness programs and was awarded the American College of Medicine’s Corporate Health Achievement Award as the “Healthiest and Safest Company in America.”

Vigue has served as chairman of the Maine Economic Research Institute, chairman of the Maine Chamber of Commerce and mayor of Pittsfield. He holds affiliations with American Bureau of Shipping, Construction Industry Round Table, Katahdin Area Boy Scouts of America, TD Bank, Ocean Energy Institute Advisory, Maine Chamber and Business Alliance, Maine & Company, Maine Economic Research Institute, National Academy of Constructors, Pittsfield Development Corp., and the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation. He focuses a great deal of his energy on state and local civic and educational priorities, especially on business education.

Dr. Kenneth Green, originally from Sydney, Australia, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. Green was the first of his family’s generation to finish high school and go on to college. He attended medical school at the University of Sydney, specializing in anesthesia, completing his post-graduate work in London, Stockholm and Boston. He and his wife, Eva, moved to Waterville, where he practiced anesthesia at both Seton and Thayer hospitals, which later merged to form Mid-Maine Medical Center and is now known as MaineGeneral Health. He has served as chief of anesthesia for many years and was on the finance subcommittee for the Board of Trustees.

For more information, visit www.thomas.edu/commencement.

University of Maine at Farmington

FARMINGTON, Maine — The 2013 University of Maine at Farmington commencement will take place outdoors at 10:30 a.m. behind the Einar A. Olsen Student Center.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center. Admission will be limited to those with “Fitness & Recreation Center” tickets. The ceremony will be broadcast live on MBTV, community access Channel 11, whether the ceremony is held indoors or outdoors.

William Wegman, a video artist, conceptualist, photographer, painter and writer, will be the featured commencement speaker.

Wegman is noted by the New York Times as “one of the most important artists to emerge from the heady experiments of the 1970s.” He is best known for the photographs and videos of his beloved Weimaraner dogs that have captured the appreciation and affection of a broad audience. Over the course of his career, Wegman has had what he describes as a “long and fruitful collaboration” with his canine partners, beginning with Man Ray, known throughout the art world for his endearing deadpan presence.

Bowdoin College

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Bowdoin College will host its 208th commencement outside at 10 a.m. on the Terrace of the Walker Art Building. No tickets are required and students may invite as many guests as they wish.

A commencement luncheon for families, alumni, faculty, staff and guests will be held at noon at Farley Field House.

For families and friends unable to attend the ceremony, the event will be streamed live online. Please visit www.bowdoin.edu/live on the day of the event for instructions.

Maine Community Colleges

AUGUSTA, Maine — Nearly 2,900 college students are expected to graduate from Maine’s seven community colleges at commencement exercises around the state this month. The graduates join more than 20,600 others who have earned their degrees at a Maine community college since 2003.

Speakers at this year’s commencement exercises, as well as the times, dates and locations, are as follows:

• Central Maine Community College, Auburn, 582 graduates, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Androscoggin Bank Colisee, Lewiston, with guest speaker, Ronald Lebel, shareholder and director of Skelton, Taintor and Abbott law firm.

• Washington County Community College, Calais, 126 graduates, 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, at Calais High School, with guest speaker retired Maj. Gen. Peter T. Berry, U.S. Army.

• Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, 365 graduates, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Bangor Auditorium, with guest speaker Gary Allen, founder and co-director of the Great Cranberry Island Marathon and Mount Desert Island Marathon.

• Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, 522 graduates, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Augusta Civic Center, with guest speaker Lawrence A. Wold, president, TD Bank Maine.

• Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle, 235 graduates, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at The Forum, with guest speaker U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Maine’s 2nd District.

• Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, 826 graduates, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at SMCC South Portland campus athletic field, weather permitting, with guest speaker F. Lee Bailey.

• York County Community College, Wells, 234 graduates, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Ogunquit Playhouse, with guest speaker Michael A. Papp, general manager of North Berwick Parts Center, Pratt and Whitney.

University of Maine at Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent will hold its 131st commencement at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at UMFK’s Sports Center.

Approximately 180 degrees will be conferred.

Former state Rep. John L. Martin will be commencement speaker, and will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Ellery “Arms” Labbe, a longtime Fort Kent businessman and community volunteer, will be presented with the University’s Distinguished Service Award for his years of service to the people of his community and the state.

Former UMFK President Richard W. Cost will be invested as President Emeritus. The University of Maine System Board of Trustees awarded Cost the honorary title last July.

Unity College

UNITY, Maine — Unity College will hold its 44th commencement at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Tozier Gymnasium on the campus of Unity College, 90 Quaker Hill Road.

Commencement speaker will be internationally acclaimed environmental educator, writer and scholar James Gustave “Gus” Speth, on the theme of caring for the planet, communities and each other, with prominent attention given to climate change.

Speth joined the faculty at Vermont Law School in 2010. A Distinguished Senior Fellow with Demos, a United States-based research and policy center founded in 2000 that maintains a nonpartisan role in policy change and reform work to revitalize American democracy, he completed a decade-long tenure in 2009 as dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

From 1993 to 1999, he was administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the U.N. Development Group. Prior to his service at the U.N., he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality in the Carter administration; and senior attorney and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Colby College, Waterville

WATERVILLE, Maine — Colby College will hold its bicentennial-year commencement at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 26, on the Miller Library lawn.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in Wadsworth Gymnasium, for which tickets will be required for entrance. The ceremony also will be live-streamed in the field house.

The 2013 commencement speaker will be Gregory White Smith, Class of 1973, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose most recent book is a biography, “Van Gogh: The Life.”

Honorary degrees will be conferred on alumni as part of the bicentennial celebration.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story said Eastern Maine Community College’s commencement is at 9 a.m. It is at 10 a.m.

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