ORONO – The Class of 2004, which will graduate at the University of Maine’s May 8 commencement ceremony, will be the largest in the university’s history.
Some 1,901 students will receive a UMaine degree; 320 of them are graduate students, 26 at the doctoral level. Of that group, 1,608 are expected to attend the ceremony, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Morse Field, weather permitting.
The featured speaker will be Michele Montas, a highly respected broadcast journalist and Haitian human rights activist who graduated from UMaine in 1968.
Approximately 12,000 people attended UMaine’s commencement last year, making it the single largest event in the university’s history. A similar crowd is expected on May 8, if the ceremony is held outside.
Those traveling to UMaine, especially from the south, are advised to allow for significant traffic delays. There will be continuous shuttle service from UMaine’s Steam Plant Lot, Belgrade Lot, Maine Center for the Arts Lot and Orchard Lot. One option to consider is to use Exit 197 (formerly Exit 52) and drive through Old Town to the Park Street campus entrance.
In the case of inclement weather, two separate commencement ceremonies will be held, both inside Harold Alfond Arena.
Graduates from the College of Business, Public Policy and Health; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and the Division of Lifelong Learning would receive their degrees at a 10:30 a.m. ceremony.
Those graduating from the College of Education and Human Development; the College of Engineering; and the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture would participate in a 2:30 p.m. commencement.