Non-traditional Student Graduation and Awards

2021-2022 Non-traditional Student Graduation Breakfast – April 28, 2022

Tony A, Dr D and BAS presenting award

All non-traditional undergraduate students who will graduate in May, August or December of that year are invited to attend a special graduation breakfast during the last week of classes of Spring semester. Each non-traditional graduate is recognized and receives a special “non-trad grad” medallion. Graduates are encouraged to wear these medallions at their UM commencement

Non-traditional Undergraduate students who are graduating this coming May, August or December should be receiving invitations by late March/early April. If you have questions or did not receive an invitation and would like one, contact CNTSP at

Special recognition for non-traditional students and supportive faculty and staff is awarded at the annual Non-traditional Graduation Breakfast. Nominations for these awards may be submitted through the links listed below.

The next nomination process opens July 2022.

Nomination form: Graduating Non-traditional Student Achievement

Nomination Form:  Recognizing UMaine Faculty/Staff for Creating Positive Learning Experiences for Non-traditional* Undergraduate Students

Nomination form: Non-traditional Student Linda Bradford Award for Campus and Community Service

Graduating Non-traditional Student Achievement Award

The Graduating Non-traditional Student Achievement Award recognizes graduating non-traditional students who have shown a passion for learning, a commitment for their academic program and contributed significantly to the university community while managing the multiple life roles of a non-traditional student. Students are nominated by other students, faculty or staff in April. These students are chosen by Student Life staff and recognized at the Non-traditional Student Graduation Breakfast.

  • 2019 Amy Dias, Courtney Hatton , Susan Lessard and Michelle Miller
  • 2018: Brian Berger, Tessa Byard and Tina Hedrick
  • 2017: Jennifer M. Brown, Chad Caron and Kaitlyn Moriarty
  • 2016: Antonio Giacomuzzi, Moriah Geer, Kathleen Hill and April Turner
  • 2015: Jean Desrochers, A.J. Rutherford and Jonathan Torsch
  • 2014: Nicole Curtis-Bray  Theresa McMannus and Kristina Devine
  • 2013: Nicole Golden-Bouchard, Mark Brunton and Dora McCarthy
  • 2012: Kelly Gagne, Lucas Rumler and Lori Watson
  • 2011:  Jason Canniff
  • 2010:  Kathleen O’Connell, Lee Malvin, Christine Paluga and Erinn Rossignoll
  • 2009: Darith James, Meghan McPhee and Valerie J. Mitchell.

The Linda Bradford Non-traditional Student Community Award

This award, named after the first recipient, Linda Bradford, honors a non-traditional student who has contributed much to the community. This award recognizes an individual who, despite assuming multiple roles (as a student plus employee, partner/spouse, parent, etc.) still volunteers to serve others and contributes their talents, skills and time to the benefit of others. This award is sponsored by the Non-traditional Student Association (NSA).

This non-traditional student has shown a passion for life-long learning and serving their community.  Through relationships, role modeling and volunteer service this student has contributed in extraordinary ways to the University of Maine and the community.

  • 2018 : Amy Dias
  • 2017: Lacey Darling
  • 2016: David Patrick
  • 2015: Joshua Blaine and  Jonathan Roy
  • 2014: Moriah Geer
  • 2013: Linda Bradford

Faculty and Staff Who Support and Assist Non-traditional Students

CNTSP and the Non-traditional Student Association ( NSA)  recognizes faculty and staff  for their extraordinary support and encouragement of non-traditional students.This award recognizes UMaine faculty and staff members who have shown sensitivity to the diverse learning styles and the multifaceted lives of non-traditional undergraduate students. Through student interactions and program design, they recognize the rich contributions that non-traditional students make. They have provided support, assistance and advocacy for the non-traditional students at the University of Maine. Faculty and staff are nominated by students in late spring semester. Winners are chosen by CNTSP staff and active members of the Non-traditional Students Association who have not submitted a nomination.

  • 2019:  Jennifer Brown, Financial Aid
               Wendy Coons, School of Business
               Matt Graham , School of Business
  • 2018: Robert Causey, Associate Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Melissa Ladenheim,  Associate Dean, Faculty, Honors College
    Kevin Roberge, Lecturer, Mathematics & Statistics
    Tony LLerena, Coordinator of Veteran’s Services, Student Life
  • 2017: BJ Roach, Career Counselor, The Career Center
  • 2016: Barbara Cole, Professor and Chair of Chemistry department
    Sara Walton, Lecturer Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering
    Lori Wingo, Coordinator , Division of Lifelong Learning Adult Advising Center
  • 2015: Raymond Hintz, Professor  Surveying Engineering Technology, SVT
  • 2014: Pat Burns, Associate Professor of English and Director of College Composition.
    Lisa Morin,  Coordinator of the Bodewell Volunteer Center
    Barbara Smith, Staff Associate for Student Life, CNTSP
  • 2013: AnneMarie Reed, Associate Director, Campus Activities and Student Engagement, CASE
  • 2012: Tina Passman, Associate Professor, Classical Languages & Literature, Interim Director of Peace Studies, Cooperating Faculty
    for Community Inclusion and Disabilities Studies
    Ann Smith, Instructor and Director of Disability Support Services
    Eva Wagner, Educational Coordinator, University of Maine Museum of Art
  • 2011: Jane Wellman-Little, Phyllis Brazee and The Senior Alumni
  • 2010: Farahad Dastoor, Barbara Howard and Brad Libby
  • 2009: Sandra Caron, Kathy Ingraham and Ginger Hwalek