Commencement / Graduation 2018
Saturday, May 12 2018 10:30am
Award-winning broadcast journalist, feature reporter and host of the highly-acclaimed magazine program, “Bill Green’s Maine,” Bill Green delivered the keynote speech and received an honorary degree at the University of Maine at Farmington’s 2018 Commencement ceremony. Graduating senior Bryce Neal from New Gloucester, Maine, a Geology major, gave the student address.
(Left to right: Bill Green, Bryce Neal)
Keynote Speaker Bill Green
A lifelong Mainer, Green was born in Bangor and was educated in Bangor schools and the University of Maine. While still in college, he began working behind the scenes in the news business, and three years later debuted as a sportscaster at WLBZ-2. He went on to anchor weekend sports statewide with WCSH-6 in Portland.
His interest in Maine and Mainers and his desire to understand and share the deeper story soon found him as a full-time feature reporter at the Portland station. In 2000, he started producing Bill Green’s Maine and has been covering all-things-Maine ever since.
In 2015, he won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for feature writing and an Emmy for Outstanding Light Feature. The following year, Bill Green’s Maine won the Regional Emmy as Outstanding Magazine Program in New England.
Green is an inductee in the Maine Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and the Silver Circle of the New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
He is a registered Maine Guide and a senior warden at Trinity Episcopal Church of Portland. He and his wife live in Cumberland and have two grown children.
Student speaker Bryce Neal of New Gloucester, Maine
Graduating senior Bryce Neal from New Gloucester gave the student address. A geology major, Neal was accepted last summer to do field research in Yellowstone with the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and investigated high elevation ponds in Maine as a UMF research assistant.
He also worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Maine Conservation Corps, building and maintaining trails on Maine public lands and state parks; served with the University’s Rotaract organization and skied with UMF’s Nordic Ski Team.
After graduation, Neal plans on doing geophysical fieldwork for the EarthScope project, an National Science Foundation funded project.
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