I have some great news to share.
After meeting with many students and hearing their concerns and wishes, we have decided to hold a true, in-person Commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 22, 2020, to celebrate our graduating students’ achievements. We will share more details on our plans when they become available. For now, save the date.
The UMF Class of 2020 will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
I have the greatest admiration for them all, and I am proud to bear witness to all they have accomplished in the face of unprecedented challenges. We fully intend to express our pride and joy over their achievements in a way that will be memorable.
This event will feature all the hallmarks of the University’s traditional Commencement ceremony and it will be held in compliance with health and safety guidance from the State of Maine.
And since we couldn’t bear to let May 9 – the original Commencement date – come and go unnoticed, we held a Class of 2020 Virtual Recognition on that date. See more about this event, below.
I know I speak for everyone when I say we cannot wait to see our students back on campus. I look forward to my first Farmington Commencement and will be honored to hand out diplomas and personally congratulate our Class of 2020 graduates on a job very well done.
President, University of Maine at Farmington
Class of 2020 Virtual Recognition
The University of Maine at Farmington held a special Virtual Recognition event in honor of Class of 2020 graduates on Saturday, May 9, the University’s original Commencement date for 2020. The social media event to celebrate this year’s 374 outstanding graduates took place on UMF’s official Facebook and Instagram platforms.
While we know this couldn’t replace the experiences lost over the last two months, our hope is it gave students a platform to celebrate their accomplishments.
“We are so proud of our graduates and all they have achieved this year. They have inspired their families, fellow students and communities with an exceptional level of determination and innovation during these unprecedented times. It is an honor to take this moment to celebrate their personal commitment and singular success in accomplishing their educational goals.” — UMF President Edward Serna
The Class of 2020 Virtual Recognition event began with a personal message from UMF President Serna on Facebook and included a series of short speeches from faculty, staff, community members and fellow students that were posted on Instagram.
Maine musical talent, GoldenOak performed a virtual set for graduates, a Class of 2020 photo slide show was posted, and there was a virtual toast for the class hosted by the UMF Alumni Council.
Commencement – August 22, 2020
A traditional, in-person, Commencement ceremony will be held on the Farmington campus this summer on August 22.
More details coming soon.
Office of the Provost/
Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Maine at Farmington
224 Main Street
Farmington, Maine USA 04938