Lachance to address CMCC graduates

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LEWISTON — Central Maine Community College will hold its 46th annual commencement ceremony Wednesday, May 5, at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Approximately 400 students are eligible to march in the ceremony, constituting the largest graduating class in the college’s history.

The commencement address will be delivered by Laurie Lachance, president and chief executive officer of the Maine Development Foundation. The MDF is a nonprofit development corporation established by the state in 1978 with a broad mandate to promote economic development. The organization’s current portfolio of programs includes Leadership Maine, the Policy Leaders Academy, the Maine Economic Growth Council and the Maine Downtown Center.

Prior to joining the MDF in 2004, Lachance served as the Maine state economist for 11 years. In that capacity, she chaired the Maine State Revenue Forecasting Commission and served as lead or co-lead on utility restructuring, telecommunications, the retirement industry and tax reform.

Before joining state government, Lachance served as the corporate economist at Central Maine Power. She holds a bachelors degree from Bowdoin College, an MBA from Thomas College and has been the recipient of several awards including the Governor Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award, Dr. Mary Chandler Lowell Award, the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow and the Deborah Morton Award.

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The graduate speaker will be Emily Morris of Jefferson, the 2010 Student of the Year at CMCC. An architectural and civil engineering technology major, Morris served as president of the Women in Technology student organization, secretary of the Student Senate and as a resident assistant for one of the campus residence halls.

The commencement exercises will begin at 6 p.m. No tickets are required to attend. Light refreshments will be available for graduates and guests immediately after the ceremony.

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