The University of Maine at Augusta plans to hold two virtual commencement ceremonies to celebrate the classes of 2020 and 2021.

Last year, because of the pandemic, the class of 2020 commencement was postponed. This year CDC and state pandemic protocols continue to restrict large gatherings resulting in the virtual events.

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Nearly 600 graduates in the class of 2020 will be honored through a commencement program that will premiere on YouTube at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8. The class of 2021, with more than 500 graduates, will have its own commencement program on YouTube at 2 p.m. May 8. The links to view both virtual ceremonies will be available at

U.S. Sen. Angus King will deliver the 2020 and 2021 commencement address.

These virtual ceremonies will incorporate as many of UMA’s traditions as possible, including a commencement address and student speakers, as well as the presentation of awards and honorary degrees and the confirmation of degrees to UMA’s graduates.

After the initial broadcasts, the 2020 and 2021 commencements will be posted on the UMA website. This will allow graduates to plan viewing events with family and friends at a date and time convenient to them.


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