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UMPI celebrates the resilience of graduates at the 1st post-COVID ceremony

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Students graduating from the University of Maine at Près Isle during the most intense years of the COVID pandemic have finally had the chance to put on a cap and gown and walk alongside their peers Saturday.

Class of 2020 and 2021 members were among 245 graduates honored at UMPI’s first in-person ceremony since 2019. For those with ties to Aroostook County, the day marked the first time that they could celebrate in a more traditional, non-virtual way with family, friends, classmates and teachers.

Jessica Meir, a Caribou native and NASA astronaut, delivered a surprise video message, calling 2022 “a truly remarkable year.” Graduates from all three classes have not only proven their resilience, but have embarked on paths to achieve their goals.

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