Two hundred ninety-seven students received their degrees at the 126th commencement exercises at the University of Maine at Fort Kent this past weekend.
University President Dr. Richard W. Cost presided over the ceremony that conferred 267 bachelor and 31 associate degrees.
Graduates in the class of 2008 come from nations outside the United States include 147 students or forty-nine percent, from Canada. Students from other foreign nations represented include India, Lithuania, Spain and Vietnam. Flags from each nation will be borne in the processional.
In addition to awarding the diplomas to the class of 2008, Virginia S. Pinkham, from Ashland, was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, which was conferred by President Cost.
Pinkham addressed the graduates and guests during the commencement ceremony,
In addition to Pinkham, Heather Hartman, senior class president, addressed her fellow graduates. Hartman is from Fort Kent and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in behavioral science.
Also at the commencement ceremony, Rita Cannan from Eagle Lake was honored with the Distinguished Service Award.
Baccalaureate degrees were awarded to students in behavioral science (13), biology (8), business (17), computer applications (1), educational studies (1), electronic commerce (2), elementary education (81), English (2), environmental studies (5), nursing (50), and public safety administration (11), secondary education (67) and university studies (9).
Associate degrees were awarded to students in business (4), criminal justice (15), human services (6), forestry (4) and general studies (2).
List of Graduates
St. John Valley
Out of State