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Commencements at Maine colleges and universities, May 18-June 8, 2013


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 and will be given the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his distinguished career and service to organizations throughout Washington County.

Thompson began his 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 and Barre-Montpelier, Vt.

Before moving to Calais in 2002, he served as executive director of the Maine Publicity Bureau, now the Maine Tourism Association, and as director of public information for the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. Most recently, he was 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.

UMM will present its Distinguished Alumni Award to Rep. Kenneth Fredette, a 1987 graduate of the university. Fredette is the House Republican leader of the Maine State Legislature, representing House District 25. Princeton basket maker Molly Neptune Parker will be presented with UMM’s Distinguished Achievement Award for her dedication to preserving the Passamaquoddy basket-making tradition for future generations.

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

Husson University, Bangor

BANGOR, Maine — Husson University will hold the second of its two-part 114th commencement at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Woodfords Congregational Church in Portland. The first part of the commencement was held Saturday, May 11, in Bangor.

The speaker for the Southern Maine commencement on May 18 will be Charles E. Miller, retiring CEO of 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.

The May 11 speaker was best-selling author Tess Gerritsen of Camden, who received an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

University of Maine at Farmington

FARMINGTON, Maine — The 2013 University of Maine at Farmington commencement will take place outdoors at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 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 photographs and videos of his beloved Weimaraner dogs, which 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.

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 upcoming commencement exercises, as well as the times, dates and locations, are as follows:

• Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, 522 graduates, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Augusta Civic Center, with guest speaker Lawrence A. Wold, president of 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. A total of 1,074 students are expected to receive their degrees, which makes this the college’s largest graduating class, according to SMCC.

• 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 Presque Isle

PRESQUE ISLE — President Linda Schott has announced that John Cariani, a playwright and actor who hails from Presque Isle, will deliver the commencement address during the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s 104th commencement ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in Wieden Gymnasium. During the event, an honorary doctor of humane letters degree will be presented to Cariani.

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 chairman of the U.N. Development Group. Before 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 President Jimmy Carter’s administration; and senior attorney and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

University of New England, Biddeford

BIDDEFORD, Maine — University of New England’s 178th commencement ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, outdoors under the tent on UNE’s Biddeford campus.

UNE will award an estimated 1,450 degrees.

U.S. Sen. Angus King is the commencement speaker. UNE will honor Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair with an honorary doctor of letters degree. The UNE College of Pharmacy also will mark the historic occasion of its inaugural graduating class, which includes 26 students from Maine.

The event will be streamed live at http://stream.une.edu.

Bowdoin College

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Bowdoin College will host its 208th commencement outside at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, on the Terrace of the Walker Art Building. No tickets are required and students may invite as many guests as they prefer.

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

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

Bates College, Lewiston

LEWISTON, Maine — Bates College will hold its 147th commencement at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 26, on the campus’s Historic Quad. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in Merrill Gymnasium and tickets will be required.

Stonyfield Farm co-founder Gary Hirshberg will deliver the commencement address and will receive an honorary degree. Others receiving honorary degrees will be environmental history teacher and scholar William Cronon; Bates’ seventh president, scholar of Middle English literature and executive director of the Center for Talented Youth at The Johns Hopkins University Elaine Tuttle Hansen; and physician, leader and mentor at National Institutes of Health Dr. Vivian W. Pinn.

Commencement will be live-streamed at bates.edu/live.

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.

College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor

BAR HARBOR, Maine — College of the Atlantic will hold its 2013 commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, with Dr. Paul Farmer, physician and medical anthropologist as commencement speaker.

All COA graduates will receive degrees in human ecology.

A physician, professor and author, Farmer is chief strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health, an international nonprofit organization providing direct health care services, research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. He is also the Kolokotrones University Professor and chairman of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; and the United Nations special adviser to the secretary-general on community-based medicine and lessons from Haiti.

Farmer has written extensively about health, human rights and the role of social inequalities in the distribution and outcome of disease. His most recent book is “Haiti after the Earthquake.”

For information, visit www.coa.edu.

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