Saturday’s ceremony will recognize individuals who have completed their degrees from Husson University’s College of Business, College of Health and Pharmacy, and College of Science and Humanities. Over 1,000 degrees and certificates will be awarded to approximately 895 graduates at this year’s Commencement. This graduating class will the largest in Husson’s history.
This year’s keynote commencement speaker will be honorary degree recipient Saundra Pelletier, the chief executive officer (CEO), president, and executive director of Evofem Biosciences (Nasdaq: EVFM) of San Diego, California. Her speech will talk about her personal journey; From growing up in Caribou, Maine, to attending Husson University, to leading a biotechnology company devoted to improving women’s health. Attendees will get to hear some of the lessons she learned along the way and some of the important priorities everyone should keep in mind to have a successful life.
“Saundra has worked tirelessly over the course of her career to elevate women professionals, champion equality and promote the delivery of innovative women’s healthcare products,” said Robert A. Clark, PhD, CFA, president of Husson University. “Undeterred by the challenges posed by the pandemic and today’s competitive healthcare environment, she has risen to a position of prominence that allows her to make a positive impact on women’s health worldwide. We are proud of her many accomplishments.”
Like Saundra Pelletier, Husson University is also committed to transforming lives. For example, Husson’s new College of Business building is offering new and innovative educational opportunities to students on the University’s Bangor campus. These include advanced programs in virtual and augmented reality, criminal justice, investments and more.
In addition, Husson is working to raise $500,000 to renovate science laboratories in Peabody Hall. Once, the building will be the completed home of seven new state-of-the art health science labs that can accommodate up to 32 students simultaneously. Increased science lab capacity will allow the university to better meet the increased demand for healthcare education. In addition, these new labs will allow the University to begin offering new health-related programs.
“Husson University is always exploring ways to grow and improve our educational offerings,” said Lynne Coy-Ogan, EdD, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “In addition to new facilities, we prioritize hiring faculty members who have both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in their areas of expertise. This provides students with the real-world insights they’ll need to become successful professionals in their chosen fields.”
The University’s 123rd Annual Commencement Exercise is being held at the Cross Insurance Center, located at 515 Main Street in Bangor, Maine. Individuals traveling to graduation from outside the area who need help finding accommodations are encouraged to contact the Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau at (207) 947-5205.