Commencement / Graduation 2015
Saturday, May 16 2015 10:30am
Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic gold medalist and champion for women’s distance running, will deliver the keynote speech and receive an honorary degree at the University of Maine at Farmington’s 2015 Commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 16. Graduating senior Chelsea Lear-Ward from Levant will give the student address.
The University of Maine at Farmington’s 2015 Commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 16 beginning at 10:30am. The ceremony will take place outdoors behind UMF’s Olsen Student Center. In case of inclement weather, commencement will be held indoors at the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center.)
Joan Benoit Samuelson
A Maine native and one of the nation’s most recognizable athletes, Joan Benoit Samuelson has blazed a trail for women of all ages in the sport of competitive running. Her life-long commitment to health, fitness and the sport she loves has redefined the idea of a lifetime runner and inspired a generation on how to never give up on being your best.
Graduating senior Chelsea Lear-Ward from Levant will give the student address. With a major in Community Health Education and a minor in Environmental Studies, she is interested in helping to promote health through sustainability. A Mitchell Scholar, she has been active on campus interning with the TerraCycle recycling program, coordinating events for the Farmington Farmers Market and helping to raise awareness of domestic violence. After graduation, she plans to move to Washington State to work in the wellness field.
University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn A. Foster and UMF Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph McGinn will confer degrees to this year’s graduates. Karl Turner, member of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees, will deliver greetings to the graduates from the University of Maine System.
DVDs of the ceremony will be available this summer from the UMF Ferro Alumni Center.
Visit the Ferro Alumni Center website for ordering details.
Office of the Provost/
Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Maine at Farmington
224 Main Street
Farmington, Maine USA 04938