On Saturday, May 10th at the Augusta Civic Center, the University of Maine at Augusta held its 46th Commencement Exercises. More than 650 students, including from the UMA Bangor campus, the online program and University College Centers, received select associates and bachelor’s degrees from UMA this year.

Watch the 2014 UMA Commencement Exercises

Presiding over the Commencement exercises was UMA President Allyson Handley.  After greetings from University of Maine System Trustee, Bonnie Newsom, UMA Board of Visitors Member, John Finnegan, and Faculty Senate President, Frank Ellis, graduating student Karl Schadlich addressed his fellow graduates. 

Also during the event, President Handley conferred Libby Mitchell, Maine State Politician, and Richard McGoldrick, founder and President of Commercial Properties, each with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. This was followed by a commencement address by Kennebec County Sheriff and UMA Alumni, Randall Liberty.

Handley then presented 1993 UMA Graduate, Dawn Gallagher with the first ever Distinguished Alumni Award, a newly established award that honors a past UMA graduate for outstanding professional achievements and service to their community.

Dean Kathy Dexter then presented Distinguished Student Awards, UMA’s highest student honor, to Alyra Donisvitch who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Ronald Cohen who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

In closing the Commencement Exercises, President Handley told the graduates: “As you now prepare to leave our university and move forward to the next stage of your life, I hope you will forever remember and value the community you found here. We will forever remember and value you.”


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