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More than 300 walk at UMaine Augusta’s first in-person ceremony since 2019


Graduate Charles Ernesto kisses his daughter, Jhope, after the University of Maine at Augusta graduation Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center. Ernesto, who studied cybersecurity, was one of the first to receive a master’s degree from UMA. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal
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AUGUSTA — Over 300 graduates proudly marched Saturday during the University of Maine at Augusta’s first in-person graduation ceremony since the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020.

Graduation ceremonies were held remotely for the past two years.

Overall, about 500 students coming from myriad different backgrounds and walks of life were part of the graduating class, though many chose not to attend the live ceremony to receive their diplomas.

Kristin Whittemore and her two daughters, Emily and Ashley, all finished at different times amid the pandemic, but the three were able to march together during the 2022 commencement.
Kristin Whittemore said her daughters were homeschooled, and after finishing they moved onto other things and later decided to go back to school.“We all needed to go back to school,” said Whittemore, “so we did.”All three received degrees in liberal studies. Looking ahead, Emily Whittemore is considering obtaining a graduate degree and pursuing a future as a screenwriter while Ashley Whittemore is looking […]

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