FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington will hold a “festive, outdoor ” commencement celebration for this year’s graduating class Aug. 22 on campus.

The University of Maine at Farmington will hold a commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 on Aug. 22 at the Farmington campus. University of Maine at Farmington photo

Even before that, university President Edward Serna will host a virtual, precommencement recognition May 9.

UMF students, as well as others enrolled in the University of Maine System, began studying remotely to complete their spring semester March 25 — two days after spring break ended — in an effort to limit COVID-19 exposure.

“We are so looking forward to honoring our wonderful graduates,” Serna said in a news release. “Circumstances this year may be challenging, but the Class of 2020 will come together as Farmington graduates have for over 150 years, with fond memories, excited families and pride in a job well done.”

This summer’s celebration is expected to feature all the hallmarks of a traditional UMF commencement ceremony.

“From the beginning we knew there would be a chance that commencement plans would change, senior class President McKayla Marois of Oxford said in the release. “I know my fellow seniors and I appreciate the respect from administration by communicating quickly and giving us a platform to speak out about graduation and what we want it to look like during the most unpredictable time any of us have experienced. We look forward to celebrating when it’s safe for everyone.”

The commencement will comply with any health and safety guidance from the state. Further details will be updated on the UMF commencement website at www.umf.maine.edu/commencement-2020/.

The May 9 precommencement recognition will be an online gathering to bring together this year’s UMF “graduates whose hard work, academic success, creativity, leadership and resilience are to be honored,” according to the release.

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