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Maine Community College System

News Release
First "Community College" Graduates to be Honored at Ceremonies this Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 6, 2004
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3

AUGUSTA, Maine — A total of 1,944 college students will graduate from Maine's seven Community Colleges at commencement ceremonies around the state this month. It will be the first graduating class of community college students since the former technical colleges assumed the name and mission of community colleges last summer. Systemwide, the number of graduates is up 16 percent over last year.

Speakers at this year's commencement exercises, as well as the times and dates, are as follows (locations are on campus unless otherwise noted):

  • Friday, May 14

    Central Maine Community College, Auburn, 2 pm (326 graduates)
    Speaker: Marguerite Stapleton, Vice President for Mission Effectiveness, Sisters of Charity Healthcare Systems

    Washington County Community College, Calais, 1 pm (188 graduates)
    Speaker: Maine Rep. Patrick Colwell, Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives
    Location: Calais High School

  • Saturday, May 15

    Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, 1 pm (276 graduates)
    Speaker: U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins
    Location: Bangor Auditorium

    Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle, 10 am (227 graduates)
    Speaker: Mark-Tami Hatto, Chief Engineer of Ford Motor Company's Proving Grounds and Test Facilities

    Southern Maine Community College, South Portland,
    2 ceremonies: 10 am and 1 pm (471 graduates)
    Speakers: 10 am: Darcy Wakefield, Instructor, SMCC English Department;
    1 pm: Stephen Gotlieb, Chair, SMCC Criminal Justice Program

    York County Community College, Wells, 1 pm (91 graduates)
    Speaker: U.S. Representative Thomas Allen

  • Saturday, May 22

    Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, 11 am (365 graduates)
    Speaker: Former Maine Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Daniel E. Wathen
    Location: Augusta Civic Center