Student Life

Three members of the graduating class holding up their University of Maine diplomas.
August 17, 2021

UMaine Holds 218th Commencement

The University of Maine’s 218th Commencement honored the achievements of the more than 2,000 UMaine students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in 2021. In place of a traditional face-to-face commencement, the university created a virtual commencement presentation, which included video of students’ in-person stage walks, congratulatory remarks by valedictorian Bailey West, and a keynote by…

August 17, 2021

West, Bennett Top Class of ’21

Bailey West, a biochemistry major from Stockton Springs, was the 2021 valedictorian and Drew Bennett, a mechanical engineering major from Brewer, was the salutatorian. West was the Outstanding Graduating Student in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, and in the Honors College. On campus, she was a peer tutor and teaching assistant, and…

Harold Alfond update
August 17, 2021

Video Showcases Plans for Alfond Gift

UMaine Athletics released a video in February outlining plans for the $90 million gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation. The funds will advance the state’s only Division 1 athletics program and benefit athletes in addition to providing a space for community events. UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy noted that when completed, the master plan and the…

Wesley Dunkle, the winner of this year's Annual UMaine Tuition Raffle
August 17, 2021

Sophomore Wins Raffle

Wesley Dunkle of Rockland, ME, is the 2021 winner of the Alumni Association’s annual Tuition Raffle. On May 6, UMaine Alumni Association president and CEO John Diamond ’77, ’89G drew the winning ticket, which Daniel ’95 and Christine Thurston Dunkle ’96 submitted for their son, who will be a sophomore in the fall. The ticket…

Beryl Warner Williams '35, '40G, '72 Hon | Williams Hall (previously Little Hall)
August 17, 2021

Little Hall Becomes Williams Hall

In May, the University of Maine System trustees voted to change the name of C.C. Little Hall to Beryl Warner Williams Hall. Beryl Warner Williams ’35, ’40G, ’72 Hon. was the first Black graduate to earn a degree in mathematics at UMaine. “She serves as a model and exemplifies the kinds of accomplishments that we…

August 17, 2021

Long Overdue

UMaine’s student and faculty diversity is among the lowest in the nation. The University’s administration and the Alumni Association commit to changing that. LIKE MOST AMERICAN land-grant institutions, UMaine is a national research university. It attracts faculty and students from across the U.S. and scores of nations—all 50 states and more than 75 countries during…

July 13, 2021

UMaine Receives Walter Harrison Cup

The University of Maine was awarded the 2020-21 Walter Harrison Academic Cup in recognition of the school’s student-athletes, who earned a grade point average of 3.62, the highest grade point average recorded in league history.  The Walter Harrison Academic Cup is awarded annually to the America East institution whose student-athletes post the highest GPA. This…

May 14, 2021

Tradition of Maine Day continues this year

While Maine Day looked a little different this year, students welcomed the chance to participate in the annual tradition of beautifying the campus. At Buchanan Alumni House, members of All Maine Women, Senior Skulls, Sophomore Eagles, and Sophomore Owls worked together to add mulch and compost to Buchanan’s gardens. Besides these efforts by students and…

May 14, 2021

And the winner is…

Wesley Dunkle of Rockland, ME, is the winner of the Alumni Association’s annual Tuition Raffle. On May 6, UMaine Alumni Association president and CEO John Diamond ’77, ‘89G drew the winning ticket, which Daniel ’95 and Christine Thurston Dunkle ’96 submitted for their son, who will be a sophomore in the fall. The ticket covers…

May 13, 2021

UMaine 2021 virtual commencement honors graduates

The University of Maine’s 218th Commencement honored the achievements of the more than 2,000 UMaine students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in 2021. In place of a traditional face-to-face commencement, the university created a virtual commencement presentation, which included video of students’ in-person stage walks, congratulatory remarks by valedictorian Bailey West, and a keynote by…

March 11, 2021

This UMaine senior probably saved at least one life

UMaine senior Joseph Cali’s speedy action likely saved lives, for which the Orono Police Department recently recognized him with a Courageous Citizen Award. Last December, as he drove down Bennoch Road on his way to the post office, Cali noticed a car moving slowly, and when he passed it, he realized that the driver was…

Student working on a laptop
February 16, 2021

Students and Faculty Tackle Lab Coursework Remotely

The pandemic posed countless challenges, including the logistics and safety of teaching and performing chemistry in lab classes. When classes shifted last March from in-person to remote instruction, faculty and staff had to figure out how to provide students with a supervised, safe, hands-on learning experience. The department of chemistry responded by assembling more than…