Matthew Sheehey congratulates his friend Sedona Cottrell in the New Balance Field House before the University of Maine commencement ceremony on Saturday morning.  Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik

More than 1,700 students, including upward of 40 doctoral degree candidates, participated in the University of Maine’s 217th Commencement Saturday in Alfond Arena. UMaine Commencement was held in two ceremonies, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Here is a gallery of photographs from the morning ceremony.

Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik
Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik
Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik
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Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik
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Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik
Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik
Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik
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Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik
Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik
Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik
Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik
Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik