UMM to Hold 98th Commencement Ceremony on May 16

MACHIAS, ME – The University of Maine at Machias will hold its 98th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16.

Delivering the keynote address at commencement will be Mary Cathcart, senior policy associate at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, who will also receive the university’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

Cathcart served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1988 until 1994, and in the Maine Senate from 1996 to 2004. She also chaired the U.S. Commission on Child & Family Welfare, at the appointment of former U.S. Senator George Mitchell. She is the 2006 recipient of the Maryann Hartman Award from the University of Maine, in recognition for her volunteer and political work on behalf of women and children.

Cathcart 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.

Two alumni will also receive distinguished awards as part of the ceremony.

Susan Palmer, a 1972 alumnus of the University of Maine at Machias, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Palmer's career spanned 32 years at her alma mater serving as Assistant to the President and in public relations, art galleries and development. She currently serves as Development Officer at the University of Southern Maine.

Howard McFadden will receive the Distinguished Service Award. A resident of Dennysville, McFadden is a 1967 alumnus of the University of Maine at Machias. He is a retired educational administrator and is serving in his third term in the Maine State Legislature representing District 30.

Prior to the commencement ceremony, UMM will unveil a new paperback history, The University of Maine at Machias, A History: 1909—2009, written by Associate Professor of History Randall Kindleberger. At 10:00 a.m. Kindleberger will read from her work and be available for book signings in the Portside room of Kimball Hall. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

UMM’s commencement ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Frederic A. Reynolds Center. For more information about commencement activities, please contact Penny Foss at (207) 255-1210 or click here.

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