Mary Cathcart to Deliver UMM Commencement Address

Machias, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias is pleased to announce that Mary Cathcart, senior policy associate at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, will deliver the keynote address at the University’s 98th Commencement ceremony in May.

Cathcart served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1988 until 1994, and in the Maine Senate from 1996 to 2004. During her time in the Maine statehouse, she served on a number of legislative committees, including Education and Cultural Affairs, Labor, Judiciary, and Appropriations and Financial Affairs. She chaired the Joint Select Committee on Research and Development and the Children’s Mental Health Oversight Committee.

Outside of state government, Cathcart chaired the U.S. Commission on Child & Family Welfare, at the appointment of former U.S. Senator George Mitchell.

She currently serves as a delegate to the New England Board of Higher Education, as a member of the Maine Compact for Higher Education and as a Trustee of Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Cathcart received her B.A. with Distinction in English from Rhodes College. In recognition for her volunteer and political work on behalf of women and children, she received the 2006 Maryann Hartman Award from the University of Maine.

Cathcart will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award at UMM’s commencement, which will take place on Saturday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the Frederic A. Reynolds Center.

For more information about commencement activities at the University of Maine at Machias, please contact Penny Foss at (207) 255-1210.

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