UMPI celebrates resiliency of graduates in 1st post-COVID ceremony

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Students who graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle during the most intense years of the COVID pandemic finally got the chance to don a cap and gown and march alongside their peers on Saturday.

Members of the classes of 2020 and 2021 were among the 245 graduates honored during UMPI’s first in-person ceremony since 2019. For those with Aroostook County connections, the day marked the first time they could celebrate in a more traditional, non-virtual manner with family, friends, classmates and faculty.

Caribou native and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir delivered a surprise video message, calling 2022 a “truly remarkable year.” Graduates of all three classes have not only proven their resiliency but set out on paths to achieve their goals.

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