AUGUSTA — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins will deliver the commencement address at the University of Maine at Augusta’s graduation ceremony May 9, the university announced Tuesday.

The Republican senator will also receive a Doctorate in Humane Letters during the commencement for her accomplishments and her efforts on behalf of the people of Maine, the university said in a press release.

The ceremony, where graduates from the university’s Augusta and Bangor campuses, online programs and University College Centers will receive associate and bachelor’s degrees, is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 9 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Other honorees include Mary Elisabeth Randall, who will receive the Distinguished Service to UMA Award for devoting her life and career to UMA through employment, leadership and scholarship; Bobbi Gottschalk, co-founder and executive director of Seeds of Peace, who will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award; U.S. Marshal Noel March, who will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award; and UMA Professor Jon Schlenker, who will be named Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology.

The Distinguished Student Award will go to Nathaniel LaClaire, an outstanding scholar who worked to configure and administer computer servers at the university, according to the press release.


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