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123rd Commencement at Thomas College

Saturday May 13, 1:00 p.m.

2017 Commencement

It is our privilege to share this important time in your life with you and your families. The Thomas community looks forward to this exciting time each year and the opportunity to make it a memorable one.

Events will begin on Friday evening, May 12, with Convocation, Class Reception, and Class Dinner. Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 13, at 1:00 p.m. in the Alfond Athletic Center. Following the Commencement Ceremonies a reception will be held on the Ayotte Auditorium Lawn under the tent. Please join us in celebrating your graduate!


Join us to celebrate the class of 2017!

Many of the gatherings during the weekend do not require registration to attend. We know it is an exciting time for you and your graduate, so please be sure to check the schedule, and register for events if required.

For those who are unable to attend our commencement, we will be live streaming the event. You can watch live online.
Starting at 12:50 on May 13, 2017. 

We will also be live streaming our convocation for the first time this year on May 12 beginning at 3:30 p.m. You can watch here.

Your student will receive information about picking up their caps & gowns. The Campus Store offers additional graduation announcements for purchase to graduates and families.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Kenneth P. Viens

For his commitment to Thomas College as a longtime trustee since 1987, Kenneth Viens will receive the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.

Viens is a Senior Account Executive and Certified Financial Planner® with Kennebec Wealth Management in Waterville. He began his career in financial services with A. G. Edwards and Sons in 1992 and remained with them through their merger with Wachovia Financial and the eventual consolidation with Wells Fargo Advisors. He is active on numerous civic boards throughout central Maine. Ken is a graduate of Colby College with a degree in Government and he holds an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

Richard L. Whitmore, Jr.

Dick Whitmore is an example of a student athlete who developed his talent and expanded his capacity into education, ultimately in instructional and inspirational roles at Thomas. In recognition of his role as a Sports Management Instructor, dedication to student athletes, and commitment to advancing athletics in Maine, he will receive the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.

Whitmore has been named college coach of the year in Maine six times, in New England three times, and once for Division III.

Whitmore finished his 40-year coaching career with a 637-341 record. He is seventh all-time in career wins among NCAA Division III men’s basketball coaches and began the 2010-11 season ranked 46th in all NCAA divisions for career wins. Whitmore and his wife, Mary Kay, reside in Old Orchard Beach. They have two sons, Richard, III and Kevin, and two daughters, Marybeth and Amanda.

J. Duke Albanese

J. Duke Albanese will receive an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his longtime service to education in Maine, particularly his instrumental advisory role with Thomas College’s Center for Innovation in Education.

Duke’s career in education has spanned 44 years and included work in the King Administration with President Lachance. Albanese served as the Commissioner of Education for the State of Maine (1996–2003) and had a long tenure as the superintendent of schools for the Messalonskee School District in the Belgrade Lakes Region of Maine. Albanese currently serves as a senior policy advisor for the Great Schools Partnership, a nonprofit school-support organization that works with schools across the nation to redesign public education and improve learning.

Albanese and his wife, Nancy, reside in Brunswick. They have two grown children, Derek and Kelsey, of Scarborough and Brunswick respectively, and two grandchildren, A.J. and Ava.

2017 Class Speakers

2017 Class Marshals

Assisting the graduating class this year as marshals will be Bayleigh Canonico from Standish, Maine and Korrie Laren from Blackstone, Massachusetts. Canonico will be graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She plans to study in Thomas College’s Master’s of Business Administration program in the fall. Laren will be graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology.

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