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252 students to receive degrees at UMFK commencement May 13

April 28, 2006

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252 students will receive degrees at the 124th commencement exercises at the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Saturday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the University SportsCenter.

President Richard W. Cost will preside over the ceremony.

Cost will confer 227 bachelor and 25 associate degrees.

Graduates in the class of 2006 come from four nations other than the United States, including 149 students, or 59 percent, from Canada. Students from other nations represented include Bermuda, India, and Spain. Flags from each nation will be borne in the processional.

The number of female graduates outnumbers the male students earning degrees by more than two to one. Sixty-seven percent, or 169, of the graduates, are female, whereas 33 percent or 83 graduates are male.

The largest percentage of students earning baccalaureate degrees will be in the field of education. Sixty-three percent of the class of 2006 (158 students) will graduate with a bachelor of university studies in education. That number includes 94 students earning their degree in elementary education and 64 students in secondary education.

Baccalaureate degrees will be awarded to students in behavioral science (16), biology (7), business (10), computer applications (3), educational studies (1), electronic commerce (2), English (1), environmental studies (1), nursing (16), mathematics (1), and public safety administration (8) and university studies (3).

Associate degrees will be awarded to students in business (5), criminal justice (9), computer science (2), human services (4) and forestry (6).

In addition to awarding the diplomas to the class of 2006, Mademoiselle Marie-Anne Gauvin will be presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, which will be conferred by Cost.

Gauvin, a life-long educator and advocate for the preservation of French language in Maine, will also address graduates and guests during the commencement ceremony,

In addition to Gauvin, Bethany Amanda Phinney, senior class president, will address her fellow graduates. Phinney, from Madison, Maine will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in behavioral science.

Also at the commencement ceremony, Lucien and Marie Theriault will be honored with the distinguished service award. Anyone planning a community event knows they can always count on Lucien and Marie to support enthusiastically and work toward a successful program, especially if it involves winter sports.