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Orono, ME - U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered the commencement address at the University of Maine’s graduation ceremony today. More than 1,650 students, including 34 doctoral degree candidates were honored at UMaine’s 216th Commencement.
“Whether you come from a long line of Black Bears or are a first generation graduate, you are the heirs of a great tradition,” said Senator Collins during her remarks. “From its founding in 1865 as one of America’s early land-grant colleges, UMaine has remained true to its mission as a place that balances the natural and applied sciences – such as agriculture, forestry, and engineering – with the liberal arts.”
“You control your own destiny. Your future will be affected by the decisions that you make,” Senator Collins continued. “A UMaine diploma represents a great many things, not the least of which is the personal responsibility you have chosen as your path. Let it be known that you are not ruled by the stars – rather, you aim for the stars.
Senator Collins received an honorary degree from the University of Maine in 2011.