14 Maine State Prison Inmates received college degrees from UMA on November 4th

More than 100 people attended the university graduation of 14 inmates from the University of Maine at Augusta on November 4th at 1:00pm at the Maine State Prison in Warren, Maine. 

Through the Maine State Prison college program, this year eight inmates received an Associates of Arts in Liberal Studies and six received a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies from UMA.

The program is fully funded by the Sunshine Lady Foundation, a non-profit founded by Doris Buffett, sister of billionaire Warren Buffett.

The degrees are administered through University College at Rockland (URock), an off campus center of the University of Maine System.  The last graduation event at MSP was held in the fall of 2011.

This year’s commencement speaker was the Reverend T. Richard Snyder, Professor Emeritus and former Academic Dean of New York Theological Seminary, chair of the board of the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine and the founder of the Restorative Justice Project of midcoast Maine.

in attendance were, Doris Buffett and other members of the Sunshine Lady Foundation, Maine State Department of Corrections Commissioner, Joseph Ponte, local legislators, UMA President, Allyson Handley, UMA Provost, Joseph Szakas, UMA Deans, Brenda McAleer and Gregory Fahy, as well as faculty members involved in the program and nearly 70 guests of the graduates.

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Media

Inmates at Maine State Prison receive diplomas on Monday  - Kennebec Journal

Maine prison inmates receive UMA degrees - Portland Press Herald

Tears amid pomp, circumstance of college graduation ceremony at Maine State Prison - Bangor Daily News

UMA Graduate and Former Inmate Talks About the MSP Program

UMA graduate and former inmate, Steve Lewicki does a radio interview on "The Voice of Maine" Talk Show with George Hale and Ric Tyler on 11/1/13.  He discusses his time in the Maine State Prison college program and what he has done since then.

 

 

 

 

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