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Husson Held Its 125th Commencement on Saturday, May 4

Published on: May 4, 2024

A smiling man in a cap and gown is shown waving with his arm outstretched.

Husson University held its 125th Commencement on Saturday, May 4, 2024, recognizing 707 students who earned a total of 765 undergraduate and graduate degrees and 141 undergraduate and graduate certificates. 

This year's graduates include students from 195 Maine cities, towns, villages and unorganized townships as well as students from 29 U.S. states and several countries including Germany, China, Spain and Switzerland.

President Robert Clark, who will retire from the university on June 30, 2024, spoke about the goal-orientedness and determination of graduates.

“Today is a day that we trust you will remember long after all of the pomp and circumstances have passed. As with the word of commencement, it is a beginning. We share your excitement and your optimism for the future,” Clark said.

Commencement speaker Travis Mills, who was awarded an honorary doctorate from Husson University, spoke about resiliency and looking to the future.

“What keeps me going is always to remember to have purpose and direction,” Mills said.

Commencement was one of several events held for the Husson community over the last several days. 

On Friday, May 3, the university also held its nurses pinning ceremony to honor the graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs.

Also on Friday, May 3, the university held its graduate hooding ceremony to honor those receiving masters and doctoral degrees. During a hooding ceremony faculty members place a hood on the graduate to signify the successful completion of their degree. 

For more than 125 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University offers quality educational programs in business, technology, communications, health, education, pharmacy studies, science and humanities. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit

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