to speak at Saturday commencements
Northern Maine Community College
PRESQUE ISLE — Congressman Michael H. Michaud will be this year’s commencement speaker as Northern Maine Community College prepares to graduate 235 students Saturday.
Congressman Michael H. Michaud has been representing Maine’s Second Congressional District for 10 years. He was raised in Medway and attended Schenck High School in East Millinocket. After graduation, he followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps by working at Great Northern Paper Co. He was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1980 and served seven consecutive terms followed by election to the Maine Senate in 1994. During his Senate tenure, Michaud served as chair of the Appropriations Committee and president of the Senate, and has been recognized for his commitment to higher education.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, Michaud serves on the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs where he is the ranking member, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Through his work as chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, Michaud helped pass the largest-ever funding increase for the Department of Veterans Affairs and has passed provisions into law which led to increased access to health care services for rural Maine veterans.
Michaud attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.
He has also been awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Unity College, Husson College and Maine Maritime Academy.
Of this year’s graduating class, the largest group will graduate from the Trade and Technical Occupations Department. One hundred three students will earn associate degrees in programs ranging from automotive technology to computer electronics.
The Nursing and Allied Health Department has the second largest cohort with 43 nursing students, and 22 students earning degrees in such areas as medical assisting and emergency medical services.
NMCC’s commencement will be held at The Forum in Presque Isle at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18. Due to increased security measures, large bags will not be allowed inside the building.