Three members of the graduating class holding up their University of Maine diplomas.

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 Dr. Edison Liu, president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory.

The University of Maine also awarded honorary degrees to Melissa Smith ’91, chair and CEO of WEX in Portland, and Wayne Newell of Indian Township, a Passamaquoddy scholar and educator. 


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