AUGUSTA — More than 600 students are set to graduate on May 11 from the University of Maine at Augusta.

Paul Doiron, editor-in-chief of Down East magazine, will be the commencement speaker. Doiron, a Maine native, graduated from Yale University with a degree in English. He also holds a master of fine arts degree from Emerson College, according to a UMA news release.

Doiron is a Registered Maine Guide and author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels.

The university plans to award an honorary degree to Meredith Jones, president and chief executive officer of the Maine Community Foundation. Before that, she worked as director of education and training for the Maine Health Care Association. She was a member of Gov. Angus King’s transition team and as staff to a legislative committee. Her family roots go back more than 200 years in Washington County.

Joshua Nadel, a former faculty member, dean and provost, will receive a Distinguished Service Award, and student Tessa Hayes, of Vassalboro, will receive the Distinguished Student Award.

The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.

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