UMA Commencement will celebrate the graduates of the class of 2022 on Saturday

AUGUSTA – The University of Maine at Augusta will hold its 54and Kick-off ceremony celebrating the class of 2022 at the Augusta Civic Center at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14. This year will be the first since 2019 that WBU (and all institutions in the University of Maine system) will host an in-person debut event. Universities held virtual and hybrid ceremonies during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 500 graduates from the class of 2022 will be honored through a kick-off program that will also air live at 10 a.m. The link to view the live broadcast ceremony will be available at

The ceremony will incorporate the WBU traditions of this milestone event, including a keynote address and student speakers, as well as the presentation of awards and honorary degrees and, most importantly, the presentation of diplomas to graduates of the AMU. The Class of 2022 will also include graduates of WBU’s first graduate programs: the Master of Science in Cyber ​​Security and a Graduate Certificate in Substance Use Disorders.

After the initial broadcast, Start 2022 will be posted on the WBU website. This will allow graduates to schedule viewing events with family and friends at a date and time convenient to them.

Here are some highlights from the speakers and honorees at this year’s launch event:


Anthony James, Jr., Ph.D.

2021- 2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant at UMA

Associate Professor of Family Science and Social Work

University of Miami


Shawn Yardley

CEO, Community Concepts


Cassidy Lessner, Corinth

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Celena Zacchai, Camden

Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences


Lina Cloutier-Michaud, ’10

Bachelor of Science in Mental Health and Social Services


Kenneth Elliott, Ph.D.

Former psychology professor

Frank Ellis, Ph.D.

Former professor of psychology and social services

Thomas Abbott, Ph.D.

Former Dean of Libraries and Distance Education

Additional information with links to view the start is available at

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