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UMFK's 135th Commencement Ceremony held on May 13

May 22, 2017

A photo of 2017 graduates walking out of the UMFK Sports Center while students hold flags on both sides of the walk way. The flags represent the various countries of this year's graduates.The University of Maine at Fort Kent graduating seniors received their degrees at the 135th commencement exercises held at UMFK on May 13. University President John N. Short presided over the ceremony that conferred 212 baccalaureate degrees and 28 associate degrees.

Also at the commencement ceremony, recently retired Vice President of Administration John D. Murphy was honored with the University’s Distinguished Service Award for his many years of service to the campus community.

Astronaut Dr. George Nelson addressed the graduating class, providing words of wisdom and life lessons.

Julia DeStefano, senior class president, addressed her fellow graduates. DeStefano is from North Monmouth, Maine and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Baccalaureate degrees were awarded to students in Arts and Sciences (18); Behavioral Science (11); Biology (7); Business (17); Computer Applications (3); Cyber Security (1); Elementary Education (1); English (4); Environmental Studies (2); Nursing (139); Public Safety Administration (8); and French (1).

Associate degrees were awarded to students in Accounting (1); Applied Forest Management (9); Business Management (2); Computer Science (1); Conservation Law Enforcement (2):  Criminal Justice (11); General Studies (1); Information Security (1);

Total Number of Graduates: 239

(Graduates listed by their hometowns.)


St. John Valley (Maine)


Allagash, ME

Jodi Leigh Kelly
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Cross Lake, ME

Lisa Marie Albert
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Eagle Lake, ME

Michael Todd DeLena
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Shannon Marie Severe
Bachelor of Science in Business

Jennifer Lynn Shellhamer
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Fort Kent, ME

Attilio Aviles
Associate of Arts in Computer Science

Ty Andrew Beal
Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security

Bryan Steve Bosse
Associate of Science in Applied Forest Management

Samantha Ann Carapellucci
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science

Makayla Bronte-Rose Clough
 Associate of Arts in Behavioral Science

Alexis Lea Desjardins
Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Samuel L. Enerva
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Heather A. Favreau
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kristopher David Guimond
Associate of Arts in Conservation Law Enforcement

Cathy Mae Harvey
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science

Jessica Lynne Sirois
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Kareen Roben St. Vil
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Scott Michael Whitney
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Fort Kent Mills, ME

Adam Robert Caron
Associate of Science in Applied Forest Management

Curtis Martin Ouellette
Associate of Arts in Business Management

Frenchville, ME

Jessica Ann Boynton
Bachelors of Arts in English

Natalie Nora Michaud
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hamlin, ME

Garik Michael Theriault
Bachelor of Science in Business

Madawaska, ME

Alan Dean Campbell
Bachelor of Science in Business

Samuel Michael Dechaine
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Kelley Nicole Dugal
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lindsey J. Lavoie
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Alex Paul McNally
Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration

Abigail Jean Pelletier
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science

New Canada, ME

Aurele David Bouley III
Bachelor of Science in Business

Georgianna Lynne Witmer
Bachelor of Science in Biology

Saint David, ME

Kimberly Lee Dionne
Associate of Arts in Business Management

Peggy Sue Noddin
Bachelor of Science in Business

Linda Marie Sirois
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Wallagrass, ME

Kaye Paula Lozier
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science


Aroostook County (Maine)


Caribou, ME

Megan Lynn Doody
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science

Keith Carman Draper
Associate of Arts in Applied Forest Management

Monica Lee Hopkins
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Adam Michael Huston
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Alexa Jesse Massey
Bachelor of Arts in English

Scott Jason Michaud
Bachelor of Science in Business

Tyler Raymond
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Easton, ME

Tammi Marie Flint
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Christina Marie Salo
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Fort Fairfield, ME

Lori Rae Bishop
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hodgdon, ME

Jillian Alyse Miller
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Houlton, ME

Lucas Weslety Grant
Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration

Cole Alwin McLaughlin
Bachelor of Science in Business

Leslie Keith Winslow
Bachelor of Science in Business

Limestone, ME

Kimberly Alizabeth O’Bar
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Mapleton, ME

Heather Ann Sherman
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Mars Hill, ME

Amy Rose Durland Faulkner
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Monticello, ME

Elizabeth Marguerite Sewell
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

New Sweden, ME

Adam Ryan Plourde
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Patten, ME

Lucas Earl Anderson
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Presque Isle, Me

Jessica Roberta Helen Lahey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jonathan Robert Rochester
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sherman, ME

Cole Hunter Porter
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

Washburn, ME

Heidi Lynn Farley
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Valerie Lee White
Bachelor of Science in Business

Woodland, ME

Dayna Sue St. Peter
Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Not Aroostook County Towns (Maine)


Appleton, ME

Hannah Corinne Cutler
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Arundel, ME

Bailey Elizabeth Nunan
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Auburn, ME

Christa M. Baiocchi
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Daniel Francis Poisson
Associate of Science in Applied Forest Management

Augusta, ME

Brooke Jenica Joy
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Megan Elizabeth Anne Mawhinney
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bangor, ME

Stephanie Elaine Schreiber
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Curtis J. York Jr.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Benton, ME

Bethany Ann Craig
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Renee Jayne Slaney
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Biddeford, ME

Sara Lea Hebert
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Blue Hill, ME

Lindsey Marie Carter
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Brunswick, ME

Michele Beth Blasens
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Danielle Nicole Zimmerman
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Buxton, ME

Morgan Marie Thomas
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Chester, ME

Ashlee Mary Jipson
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Corinth, ME

Tanya Jane Palmer
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Cumberland Center, ME

Anne Marie Grandchamp
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Damariscotta, ME

Chelsea Ann Douglas
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Dayton, ME

Danielle Lynn Daigle
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Detroit, ME

Kristen Marie Switzer
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

East Boothday, ME

Hayden Scott Alley
Associate of Science in Applied Forest Management

East Waterboro, ME

Stacy Carolyn Verrell
Bachelor of Science in Biology

East Winthrop, ME

Jessica Leigh Dummich
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Etna, ME

Angel Francini
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Rebecca M. George
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Megan Marie Perry
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Fairfield, ME

Violet Mae Hyatt
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Farmington, ME

Kelsey Jane Whitely
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Freeman Township, ME

Ella P. Fast
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Fryeburg, ME

Emma Rose Flaherty
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science

Gardner, ME

Sara Rose Brann
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Garland, ME

Deanna Elizabeth Genovese
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Gouldsboro, ME

Danny Arthur Mitchell Jr
Associate of Science in Information Security

Gray, ME

Amanda P. Giggey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Greene, ME

Taylor Reid Woodbury
Associate of Arts on Conservation Law Enforcement

Greenville, ME

Olivia Catherine Bouchard
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Michaella Elizabeth Gilbert
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Greenville Junction, ME

Garrett Walker Wilbur
Associate of Applied Science Forest Management

Harpwell, ME

Bonnie J. Randazza
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Harrison, ME

Kathleen Margaret McLaren
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Holden, ME

Kristen Jeanette Ellis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hope, ME

Jeannine Theresa Boutin Lesage
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jay, ME

Courtney Lyn Bubier
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jefferson, ME

Shani J. Healey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lamoine, ME

Nancy Ellen Graham
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lewiston, ME

Erin R. Pierce
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lincolnville, ME

Jamie Lynn Messier
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Isaac Milton Young II
Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration

Lovell, ME

Elizabeth P. Hurd
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Madison, ME

Michelle M. James
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nathalie Alexa Michaud
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 

Millinocket, ME

Shawn Cyr
Associate of Science in Applied Forest Management

Jordan Marie Mackin
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science 
 

Michelle Rose Moscone
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Monroe, ME

Kelsi Leigh Story
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Newport, ME

Trevor Jonathan Francis
Associate of Science in Applied Forest Management

North Berwick, ME

Jennifer A. Fenderson
Bachelor of Arts and Science

Amanda Theresa Pilecki
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

North Monmouth, ME

Julia M. DeSefano
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

North Yarmouth, ME

Nicole Elizabeth Wear
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 

Old Orchard Beach, ME

Peter James Vorias
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Orrington, ME

Kaitlin Brynn Robinson
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Otis, ME

Matthew Clinton Merchant
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Arrabine Jean Dunn
Associate of Arts in General Studies

Owls Head, ME

Alyssa Marie Pierce
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Oxford, ME

Jordyn Lynn Sanborn
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Parkman, ME

Jonathan Wentworth Wing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Pembroke, ME

Deanna Lee Raye
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Penobscot, ME

Cynthia Marie Wailus
Bachelor of Arts in English

Perry, ME

Kristen Irene Champagne
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Plymouth, ME

Kezzie E. Woodbury
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Portland, ME

Kalli Elizabeth Daggett
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Donna Marie Nale
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Janine Stone
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

James Charles White
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Randolph, ME

Rhiannon Kayley Ludder
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Rangeley, ME

Lauren Carolyn White
Bachelor of Science in Business

Raymond, ME

Nicole Marie Thibault Furlong
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Rockland, ME

Meagan Lynn Cash
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Christy Lura Dec
Associate of Arts in Accounting

Jessica Alayne White
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Rockport, ME

Hannah Starr Demmons
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Shannon S. Hall
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Saco, ME

Eric John Hutchings
Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration 

Sangerville, ME

Logan Matthew Dow
Bachelor of Science in Computer Application

Scarborough, ME

Curran James LeComte
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Searsmont, ME

Holly Jean Anderson
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kayla Ann Pendleton
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Solon, ME

Christy Lee Brown
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

South China, ME

Stephanie Lee Reynolds
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

South Portland, ME

Marybeth C. Riley
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Shannon Marie Smith
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Turner, ME

Dulsie Jane Varney
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Vassalboro, ME

Breann Elizabeth Schopmann
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Waldoboro, ME

Alisa Marie Kidney
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Warren, ME

Nicole Russell Harriman
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Waterville, ME

Patti J. Gagne
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Therese Marie Nickerson
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Westbrook, ME

Chelsea Marie Nickerson
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

West Gardiner, ME 

Jessica Lynn Rankin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

West Paris, ME

Chelsea Maxine Frey

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Winthrop, ME

Benjamin Andrew Hall
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

York, ME

Kaitlyn M. D’Orazio
Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Out of State


Daphe, AL

Shelagh Mairead Van Anglen
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

Atwater, CA

Tiara Sinclair Nolen
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Brentwood, CA

Kara Jayme Leffle
Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration

Fairfield, CA

Brianna Nicole Krystek

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Hayward, CA

Cristina Maria Mendoza
Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Lindsay, CA

Fabiola Gutierrez
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science

Los Angeles, CA

Shannon Malik Seegmiller Weathersby
Bachelor of Arts in French

Salinas, CA

Alexis Ann Warne
Bachelor of Arts and Science

San Franciso, CA

Fletcher Fox Brown
Bachelor of Arts in English

San Jose, CA

Danica Alaban

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Soledad, CA

Yosselin Guadalupe Berrueco
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science

Suisun City, CA

Selina Rene Castro
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science

Willows, CA

Rochelle Marie Douglass
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lebanon, CT

Daniel James Dudar
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Manchester, CT

Alshane O’Brian Linton
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Stratford, CT

Sophia A. Joseph
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Washington, DC

Christopher David Haake
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sterlin Jourdain
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Mequeline Smith
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lake Park, FL

Sanuel Brumer
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Magela Laurore
Bachelor of Science Nursing

Wesley Chapel, FL

Shane Felan Hughes
Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration

Vernon Hills, IL

Benjamin Collin Kluvers
Bachelor of Science in Computer Application

Amherst, MA

Havalah Susan Schnurr
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lakeville, MA

Victoria M. Gavin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Rutland, MA

Richard Asare
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Stoughton, MA

Nina Loren Chan
Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration

Cary, NC

Ally Seunghyun Sparacio
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Raligh, NC

Alexandra Lee Macalle
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Enfield, NH

Leonel Junior Pierre
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Farmington, NH

Mikaela Caroline Paluszek
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Lyme, NH

Jennifer Marie Dyke
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Stratford, NH

Jamie Marie Clark
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Suffern, NY

Lafortune Sardou Cothia 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Springfield, OR

Dylan Tyler Hesse
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Conroe, TX

Sunyea Lee Cho
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Mechanicsville, VA

Anna Leigh Battiata
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Puyallup, WA

Abigail Louise Moeller
Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Canadian Students


Carlingford, NB

Naomi R. Alleyne
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Dsl de Drummond, NB

Wendy Y. Jensen
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

London, ON

Emma Kathleen Ashby
Bachelor of Science in Biology
SALUTATORIAN

Deux- Montagnes, QC

Brianna Mills
Bachelor of Science in Biology

Rosemere, QC

Marie-Laurence Montagne
Bachelor of Science in Biology


International Students


St. Polten, Austria

Heidi Christine Feichter
Bachelor of Science in Biology

Kumba, Cameroon

Victorine A. Agbor
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Xingyan City, Henan, China

Haijun Yao
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Isabella Liigia Argetta
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Cite Soleil, Portay Prince, Haiti

Frantzceau Germain
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Manchester, Jamaica

Milton Tyrone Christopher
Bachelor of Science in Business

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Neon Oshane Brown
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science

St. Elizabeth, Jamaica

Garth Junior Banton
Bachelor of Science in Business

Ricardo Dwight Whitely
Bachelor of Science in Business

Majuro, Marshall Islands

Patricia M. Anjain
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Camilla Betwell
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Cindy M. Erra
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Rotis Jitiam
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Harrold Maddison
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Yolanda Mares
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Mijena Mijena Jr
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Lita Myazoe
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Neil Sawej
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Tetiana Sawej
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Teresa Althea Bing White
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

John Zedkaia
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Warrio Delta State, Nigeria

Orufonomoh Mary Trudeau
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Glasgow, Scotland

Kyle Mark Robin
Bachelor of Science in Business

Johnstone, Scotland

Jamie A. Reid
Bachelor of Science in Computer Applications

Randburg, South Africa

Ashlee J. Davis
Bachelor of Science in Business

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

Alexandra Meister
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bar, Republic of Montenegro

Niko Vukosavovic
Bachelor of Science in Business