2018 Commencement – Saturday, May 12
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 11, with Convocation, Class Reception, and Class Dinner. Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 12, 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!
2018 Commencement Speakers, Honorary Degree Recipients, and Marshals
Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient
Major General John W. Libby
Major General John W. Libby retired in 2012 after a 44-year career that ranged from service in Vietnam to leading Maine’s National Guard through eight years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan to working as commissioner of the Department of Defense and Veterans Services.
General Libby began his military career upon commissioning from the ROTC program at the University of Maine in June 1966 and held a variety of active duty command and staff positions in both Vietnam and Germany before joining the Maine Army National Guard in July 1975.
General Libby has received several major awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Before retiring, he was the leader of the Maine National Guard and its 3,400 troops, overseeing all state issues that related to military matters, veterans, and civil emergency preparedness
Throughout his career, he has demonstrated resolve to make sure those who serve in the military receive the respect and welcome they deserve for putting themselves in harm’s way for their country.
In addition to his many prestigious military accomplishments, he was involved with youth hockey for many years in the Lewiston and Waterville areas, and he has been a lifetime proponent of health and wellness for youth in the State of Maine.
Honorary Degree Recipient
Ann LePage, First Lady of Maine
As First Lady of Maine, Ann LePage is a passionate advocate for soldiers, veterans, and military families. In addition, caring for her mother has heightened her awareness of elder care and its importance in the community, and her time spent volunteering during her children’s school years has given her an inside view of how she can best serve public education initiatives through her role as first lady.
LePage was selected as the 2012 Joshua Chamberlain’s Chapter Person of the Year by the First Region Association of the United States Army, and she participates in the annual Wreaths Across America Annual Convoy to Arlington National Cemetery to remember and honor veterans through the laying of handmade, balsam remembrance wreaths from Maine on their graves—as well as the act of saying their names aloud. Wreaths Across America was founded to expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, and the organization coordinates ceremonies in at Arlington, as well as hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states.
LePage also works closely with the Travis Mills Foundation to support the recovery, camaraderie, reconnection, and recreational needs of disabled veterans and their families. The Travis Mills Foundation was formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans and their families in the spirit of Travis, who continues to inspire wounded servicemen, women and their families by showing them they can overcome physical obstacles and emotional challenges and find purpose by staying the course through their recovery and beyond.
Scott Boies ’18
Representing the Undergraduate Division will be Scott Boies. Boies is from Baileyville, Maine, and will be graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is currently an intern at an accounting firm in Augusta, and plans to pursue an Accelerated MBA at Thomas in the fall. Scott is also the 2018 Thomas Scholar. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding academic achievement at the undergraduate level.
Lindsey Allen ’17 MBA ’18
Representing the Graduate Division will be Lindsey Allen. Allen is from Jay, Maine, and will be graduating with a Master of Business Administration degree. She currently works at the State of Maine in the Bureau of Real Estate Management, where she has been for the past two years following a successful internship. Allen plans to move into a career in agricultural business, where she hopes to advance the farming community and protect vital farmland in Maine.
Assisting the graduating class this year as marshals will be Darren Forkey ’18 from Walton, New York, and Samantha Grimaldi ’18, of Manchester, New Hampshire. Forkey is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management with a minor in coaching. He plans to study for his Master’s in Business Administration in the fall. Grimaldi is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Secondary Education English with a minor in English. She plans to work as a teacher in Maine after graduation.
Honors Convocation Speaker
Cary Olson Cartwright will be the speaker at Honors Convocation, which takes place on Friday, May 11 at 4 pm. Olson Cartwright is a Thomas College trustee and the Assistant Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Unum. She joined Unum in May of 2004, but she began her career in television at WCSH where she worked in promotion, public service and marketing. Prior to Unum, she worked in community relations at Fleet/Bank of America.
Currently, she serves on several boards that support Maine’s youth and education, including JMG (Jobs for Maine’s Graduates), Great Schools Partnership and the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute.
Olson Cartwright graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a B.A. in Journalism and attended the executive management program at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.