AUGUSTA — University of Maine at Augusta President Rebecca Wyke is pleased to announce that The Honorable George J. Mitchell, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, will address graduates, family, friends, faculty, and staff at UMA’s Commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in Augusta Civic Center auditorium.
“UMA is honored to have Senator Mitchell participate in our Commencement activities,” said President Wyke. “His dedication to supporting Maine students who seek to further their education and pursue a post-secondary degree is unparalleled, and at the heart of UMA’s mission.”
Senator George Mitchell has had a long and distinguished career. He served for several years as Chairman of DLA Piper, now Chairman Emeritus. Before that he served as a federal judge; as Majority Leader of the United States Senate; as Chairman of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland which resulted in an agreement that ended an historic conflict; and most recently as U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East. In 2008 Time Magazine described him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Senator Mitchell is the author of five books. His most recent books are a memoir titled “The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life”, published in May 2015 and “A Path To Peace”, published in November 2016.
More than 500 students are eligible to graduate this spring and more than 350 are expected to participate in the graduation ceremonies.
UMA will also recognize Genie Gannett with an Honorary Degree in Humane Letters. Gannett is president and founder of the First Amendment Museum at the Gannett House. A granddaughter of a prominent Maine publisher, Guy P. Gannett, she and her family have a deep and lasting commitment to UMA, its students, and its mission. A tenacious advocate for UMA, she has served on the Board of Visitors and supported many UMA philanthropic initiatives.