University of New England to graduate largest class in its history

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On May 21, 2016, the largest graduating class in the history of the University of New England (UNE) will receive degrees at the university’s 181st Commencement ceremony, to be held at 10 a.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. UNE will confer 1,747 degrees and certificates in total, granting 524 undergraduate degrees, 916 master’s degrees and certificates and 307 doctorates to members of the class of 2016.

On May 21, 2016, the largest graduating class in the history of the University of New England (UNE) will receive degrees at the university’s 181st Commencement ceremony, to be held at 10 a.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. UNE will confer 1,747 degrees and certificates in total, granting 524 undergraduate degrees, 916 master’s degrees and certificates and 307 doctorates to members of the class of 2016.

UNE President Danielle Ripich, who has overseen an increase of enrollment from 4,000 to more than 10,000 students, views Commencement as a fitting occasion to honor growth. “It is not just our numbers that have grown,” she commented. “The university has grown tremendously in its offerings to our students. We’ve added three new colleges, numerous buildings, our own research island and a new, international campus in Tangier, Morocco. The experiences that the growth of UNE has afforded to its graduates have allowed them, in turn, to grow academically, professionally and personally and have led them down the path to this celebratory day of graduation.”

Addressing members of the graduating class of 2016 will be Commencement speaker Dr. Robert Michael Franklin Jr. He is the James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor of Moral Leadership at Emory University in Atlanta and the director of the Religion Department of the Chautauqua Institution. He served as senior advisor for Community and Diversity at Emory, as a visiting scholar in residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, and as president of Moorehouse College from 2007 through 2012. Franklin was previously a faculty member of the University of Chicago, Harvard Divinity School, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and Emory University. From 1997 to 2002, he was the president of the Interdenominational Theological Center, the graduate theological seminary of the Atlanta University Center Consortium.

The University of New England is Maine’s largest private university, an innovative educational community with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses, a vibrant new campus in Tangier, Morocco, and a robust offering of degree and certificate programs online. UNE attracts accomplished faculty and internationally recognized scholars who engage students in research and scholarship. It is home to Maine's only medical and dental schools—part of a comprehensive health education mission built on a pioneering interprofessional approach that includes pharmacy, nursing and an array of allied health professions.

UNE. Innovation for a healthier planet. Visit http://www.une.edu.

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