Maine State Prison inmates to receive UMA degrees

Oct 26, 2013

Warren — More than 100 people are expected to attend the university graduation of 14 inmates from the University of Maine at Augusta Monday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. at the Maine State Prison in Warren.

Through the Maine State Prison college program, this year eight inmates will receive an associates of arts in liberal studies and six will receive a bachelors of arts in liberal studies from UMA.

The program is fully funded by the Sunshine Lady Foundation, sunshinelady.org, a nonprofit founded by Doris Buffett, sister of billionaire Warren Buffett.

The degrees are administered through University College at Rockland , an off campus center of the University of Maine System. The last graduation event at Maine State Prison was held in the fall 2011.

This year’s commencement speaker will be The Rev. T. Richard Snyder, professor emeritus and former academic dean of New York Theological Seminary, chairman of the board of the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine and founder of the Restorative Justice Project of Midcoast Maine.

Among those expected to attend are, Doris Buffett and other members of the Sunshine Lady Foundation, Maine State Department of Corrections Commissioner, Joseph Ponte, local legislators, UMA President, Allyson Handley, UMA Provost, Joseph Szakas, UMA Deans, Brenda McAleer and Gregory Fahy, as well as faculty members involved in the program and nearly 70 guests of the graduates.

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