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Colleges and universities in Maine will hold commencement ceremonies on Saturday

Thousands of students at Maine college and university campuses across the state participated in the commencement ceremony Saturday.

All University of Maine System campuses celebrated their students, a total of 6,175 eligible to receive their degrees or certificates. There were 2,800 at the University of Maine alone, and 1,635 at the University of Southern Maine, the two largest campuses.

USM celebrated its 144th commencement in Portland. University President Jacqueline Edmondson delivered remarks and there were speeches from student speaker Hamido Hassan, a clinical mental health major, and speaker Tom Caron, a noted sportscaster with New England Sports Network, a member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and a Lewiston resident. The school also awarded an honorary degree to Lyndel J. “Joe” Wishcamper, who owned or developed more than 15,000 affordable housing units nationwide.