UMM to Hold First Waste-Free Commencement on May 15

Environmental educator Don Hudson to present keynote address

MACHIAS, ME – The University of Maine at Machias will hold its first waste-free commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15, in the Frederic A. Reynolds Center.

At the University’s 99th commencement, graduates will wear caps and gowns made from recycled soda bottles, programs will be printed on recycled paper, and student sustainability interns will collect and sort paper, plastic, and food waste to be recycled or composted.

Don HudsonDelivering the keynote address at UMM’s commencement will be Don Hudson, president of the Chewonki Foundation, a Wiscasset-based organization that provides environmental education programs. Hudson will be presented with the University’s Distinguished Service Award.

Also receiving awards at the commencement ceremony will be two UMM alumni, Bill Cassidy ’75 and Howard McFadden ’67.

Cassidy, president emeritus of Washington County Community College, will be presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award and the President’s Award.

McFadden, a retired educational administrator and three-term state legislator, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

At 10 a.m., a dedication ceremony for “The Islands of Maine,” the Machias sculpture from the 2009 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, will take place next to Powers Hall on “College Hill.” The Washington County Children’s Chorus will perform and representatives from the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium will speak.

UMM’s commencement ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. For more information about commencement activities, please contact Penny Foss at (207) 255-1210 or visit

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