press release - KVCC Commencement 2015

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Release date 05-16-15


Maine Sen. Angus S. King Jr. keynote speaker as

 427 graduate at KVCC 2015 Commencement


AUGUSTA – A total of 427 students graduated from Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) May 16 during the College’s 45th Commencement Exercises at the Augusta Civic Center.

Maine Senator Angus S. King Jr. was keynote speaker for the event, which was attended by hundreds of family, friends, and fellow students.

Senator King was sworn in as Maine's first Independent United States Senator on January 3, 2013. He joins a long line of independent leaders from the State of Maine and is a steadfast believer in the need for greater bipartisan dialogue and relationship building among legislators.

In 1994, Senator King was elected Maine's 72nd Governor. During his two terms in the Blaine House, he focused on economic development and job creation, and also achieved significant reforms in education, mental health services, land conservation, environmental protection, and the delivery of state services. He was re-elected in 1998 by one of the largest margins in Maine's history.

“The Kennebec Valley Community College graduating class of 2015 is proof positive that hard work really does pay off,” said Senator King. “These impressive students have dedicated themselves to advancing their education while always rising to meet the next challenge. In today’s changing world, there is nothing more valuable than a good education – and thanks to their tireless efforts and the unwavering support of their teachers, friends, and community, these KVCC graduates have the ability to make bright futures for themselves and for the state of Maine.”

Students graduated from programs including: Advanced Emergency Care, Applied Electronics and Computer Technology, Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Computer Applications Technology, Computer Information Systems, Education, Electrical Lineworker Technology, Electrical Technology, Energy Services and Technology, General Science, Health Information Technology, Liberal Studies, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Mental Health, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Phlebotomy, Physical Therapist Assistant, Precision Machining Technology, Pulp and Paper Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Sonography and Sustainable Agriculture

Other speakers at the event included Shawn H. Moody, Trustee Maine Community College System Board of Trustees; Donald Borman, Treasurer Kennebec Valley Community College Foundation Board of Trustees; Keith Sullivan, Medical Assisting Program, KVCC Student of the Year; and Dr. Richard R. Hopper, President, Kennebec Valley Community College.

Awards presented at the event included:

▪ Bernard A. King Award – Jenny Jeannine White, General Science Program.

▪ Fred Whitney Award – Christopher Prosser, Electrical Technology Program.

▪ Aaron Levine Outstanding Student Award – Amanda Collamore, Education Program.

▪ Distinguished Alumni Award – Paula Beach, Business Administration/Accounting Program, 2003.

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