Husson University to Hold 113th Commencement Ceremonies

Date of Release: April 23, 2012

Husson University will hold its Bangor Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Winkin Athletic Complex on the Bangor campus and its Southern Maine Commencement in Portland on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Woodfords Corner Congregational Church. At these two ceremonies the University will award degrees to more than 600 students, including more than 200 graduate degrees.

The valedictorian is Shanna G. Allen of Mt. Desert, Maine. Shanna, the daughter of Timothy Allen of Mt. Desert, Maine and Carmen Tocco of Bucksport, Maine, has earned a g.p.a. of 3.993 will receive a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. The salutatorian is Bethany J. Roberts of Boulder, Colorado. She is the daughter of Kimberly Anne Holman of Boulder, Colorado and Jay Frank Roberts of Bangor, Maine. Bethany earned a g.p.a. of 3.968 and will receive a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

The Bangor commencement speaker will be former Ambassador Patrick D. Duddy. A native of Bangor, Ambassador Duddy spent 29 years at the State Department, including postings in Chile, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Panama, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic. He served as assistant secretary of state for the western Hemisphere and as counsel general at the U.S. consulate in Brazil. He is a graduate of Bangor high School and Colby College. He will receive an honorary doctorate in Public Service.

Old Town native and Husson Alumnus Arthur A. Comstock will receive an honorary doctorate in Business Administration. Comstock, a native of Old Town and received his B.S. in Business Administration from Husson College in 1956. He began his banking career in 1959 at Northeast Bank in East Millinocket and rose to the position of president and chairman of the Board. In the 1990's his bank merged with Bank of America and Mr. Comstock was appointed senior vice president for investment and community affairs. As a younger man he was a member of the Rotary and worked with several local not-for-profit groups in the Millinocket area advising them on investment strategies. This began a life time of unparalleled public service. During the next 40 years he served on more than 30 boards and helped countless thousands.

Also at the Bangor ceremony the University will honor Clara L. Swan, Husson Class of 1933, with President's Medal of Honor. Miss Swan, who has been affiliated with the University since enrolling as an undergraduate in the fall of 1930, turns 100 years old on April 28, 2012. During her time at Husson she served as director, coach, teacher, assistant principal, academic dean, registrar, corporate officer, assistant to the president and vice president. In 2000 the University named its new Fitness Center the Clara Swan Center.

The speaker at the Portland Ceremony will be Portland Mayor Michael Brennan. Brennan earned his BS in Education from Florida State University, his MA in Public Policy from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, his MSW from the University of New England and has completed the Senior Executive Program in State and Local Government at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was elected Mayor of Portland in November of 2011.

A formal hooding ceremony will be held on Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Gracie Theatre on the Bangor campus.

For more information, please contact Amanda Kitchen at 207.992.4925 or

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