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For those who aren’t able to join us in person for graduation, the University provides a live stream. Just go to any page of the umpi.edu website and look at the top of the page for the link to the livestream, which will be available starting at 10 a.m. on graduation day. You can also directly access the livestream by visiting umpi.edu/livestream.
The University held its 108th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 13, with 176 students graduating. John L. Estrada, a national leader who has served the U.S. in military and diplomatic posts, including as former U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago,, addressed the graduates as commencement speaker. Laurence A. Park, a well-known farmer and conservationist who is part of a long legacy of Park family members who have been integral in the life of the campus, was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree.
During the event, Norman L. Fournier of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees delivered greetings on behalf of the University of Maine System. As well, Carl Michaud, UMPI Board of Visitors Chair; Jacquelyn A. Lowman, UMPI Faculty Assembly Chair; and Tom Wire, UMPI Alumni Association President, offered remarks on behalf of each organization, respectively.
Another special component of the event was the pinning of all marching graduates with a special symbol of campus. Each graduate was given a lapel pin depicting a snowy owl with its wings outstretched in flight. Meant to symbolize how each of them is spreading their wings and soaring on to great heights, graduates were asked “Where will your wings take you?” They have the opportunity to share their stories—about contributions they make in their career fields, ways that they serve their communities, and adventures that they have around the world—on the website www.umpi.edu/yourwings. All alums, not just this year’s graduating class are encouraged to add their stories on this site.