AUBURN — The Central Maine Community College graduation will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

This year, 600 students will graduate from the community college, which offers two-year degrees. Those marching will include those who completed their programs in December, said Roger Philippon, dean of planning and public affairs.

The keynote speaker will be lawyer Ronald Lebel of Auburn, director of the Skelter, Taintor and Abbott law firm.

Lebel is also a member of the Central Maine Community College Education Foundation Board of Directors. He served previously as a director and chairman of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce and in 2006 was named Auburn Citizen of the Year.

The student speaker will be Carmen Edwards of Auburn, who is the college’s Student of the Year, Philippon said. Edwards, a human services major, is a 57-year-old grandmother, a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has consistently earned high honors. She’s worked as a peer mentor and served as Human Services Club president.

Edwards plans to continue her education and enroll at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College, Philippon said.

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