Media cover UMaine’s 216th Commencement ceremonies

The Associated Press, WABI (Channel 5), Bangor Daily News and News Center Maine reported on the University of Maine’s 216th Commencement. Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who addressed more than 1,650 students at the morning and afternoon ceremonies, urged graduates to keep in touch with friends, strive to be considerate and active members of society, to take risks and to be wary of what they read on the internet, the BDN reported. During her address, Collins urged the graduates to strive for civil discourse as they ingratiate themselves into their new communities, the article states. “It would seem that these days our ability to work together to solve problems is hitting modern lows,” she said. “We see this disturbing trend in Washington, and we see it in our own communities.” Collins also praised the first woman to serve as UMaine’s president. Collins said President Susan J. Hunter oversaw the largest incoming class, largest number of out-of-state students and biggest increase in donations to the Annual Fund, according to the AP. The university’s honorary degree was given to Mary Cathcart, who served four terms as state senator and three terms in the Maine House of Representatives, and founded the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at UMaine, according to the BDN. Maine Public, The Seattle Times and Indiana’s The Republic carried the AP report. Z107.3 posted video of the ceremonies.