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UMM Announces Award Recipients to be Honored at Commencement on May 18

Added on: May 10, 2013

Kenneth Fredette (Maine House Republicans photo)MACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias will award degrees to more than 80 students at its 102nd commencement, Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at the Frederic A. Reynolds Center. The University will also honor several distinguished guests during the ceremony.

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. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from UMM, a master’s degree in public policy and management from the University of Southern Maine, a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. He is a member of the Maine Air National Guard and has served for twelve years as a judge advocate general. An attorney in private practice, Fredette has also taught at Eastern and Southern Maine Community Colleges.

Molly Neptune Parker (Maine Arts Commission photo)Princeton basketmaker Molly Neptune Parker will be presented with UMM’s Distinguished Achievement Award for her dedication to preserving the Passamaquoddy basketmaking tradition for future generations. She has served as president of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and as a master teacher in the Maine Arts Commission Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program. Parker was named a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow and is the recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts Native Arts Award and the First People’s Fund Community Spirit Award.

Retired journalist and communications professional Jim Thompson, who will deliver the commencement address, will receive the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his distinguished career and dedicated service to organizations throughout Washington County. Thompson spent 18 years as an editor for daily and weekly newspapers in Maine and Vermont. He also served as executive director of the Maine Publicity Bureau, director of public information for the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, Jim Thompsonexecutive director of the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce, and executive director of the Downeast Heritage Museum until his retirement in 2008. He is an active member of numerous local and regional organizations including the UMM Board of Visitors, the Washington County Community College President’s Advisory Committee, and the Down East Community Hospital Board of Trustees.

Jonathan Winglass, an environmental recreation and tourism management major from Sandown, New Hampshire, will deliver the Ivy Oration, presented each year by a graduating senior. Winglass was selected by his fellow classmates for the honor.

UMM’s commencement ceremony is open to the public and will also be streamed live at For more information about commencement activities, contact Michael May at 255-1210.


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