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UMFK to hold its 134th Commencement on Saturday, May 14

May 5, 2016

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Dr. Robert Dixon, commencement speaker and honorary degree recipientThe University of Maine at Fort Kent will hold its 134th Commencement exercise on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the University's Sports Center. UMFK President, Dr. John N. Short, will preside over the day's ceremonies.

Approximately 220 degrees will be conferred during commencement.

Distinguished guest and former UMFK Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Robert M. Dixon, will be honored during the afternoon's ceremonies receiving an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Dr. Dixon will be delivering the commencement address.

Dr. Robert Dixon's appointment began in January of 2014 and ended in December of 2015. He arrived as a colleague and left as a dear friend.

Dr. Dixon has more than four decades of experience in management, research, and teaching. He has served in higher education as a professor, provost, vice president, dean, department chair, and professor, and as a director of a private sector engineering firm.

His extensive administrative experiences in education and business have given Dr. Dixon insight into the major problems, and significant differences encountered in managing academic and business organizations. He has maintained an active interest and involvement in the field of teacher education through his consulting work with various public school systems in different parts of the country.

Dr. Dixon has engaged in research on nuclear reactions, and he has taught both undergraduate and graduate level physics courses in a number of colleges and universities. His research on nuclear reactions has primarily been in many-body scattering theory, and has centered on the use of connected kernel equations in the analysis of nuclear reactions.

Dr. Dixon received a doctoral degree in theoretical nuclear physics at the University of Maryland; a master's degree in nuclear physics at Rutgers University in New Jersey; and a bachelor of science degree in physics and mathematics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.