Unity College Commencement Exercises to Be Held on Saturday, May 10

By Unity College | May 02, 2014
Celine Cousteau

Unity, Maine – Unity College’s 45th commencement exercises will be held on Saturday, May 10, in Tozier Gymnasium.

     At 1 p.m. a bagpiper will lead President Stephen Mulkey, Trustees, faculty, staff, honored guests, and graduate candidates in a procession up Murdoch Drive through the center of campus into Tozier Gymnasium.  Commencement is scheduled to conclude at 2:30 p.m. with the forming of a recessional receiving line adjacent to Quimby Library to congratulate graduates.

     A total of 146 graduate candidates are expected to receive their two or four-year degrees.

     This year’s speaker is Céline Cousteau, a rising star among nature documentary filmmakers and conservation advocates. She is a granddaughter of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau.

     Other speakers include President Mulkey; Bruce Nickerson, Chair of Unity College Board of Trustees; Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, Executive Vice President; Dr. Michael Evans, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Dr. Sarah Cunningham, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Experiential and Environmental Education.

     The campus is located at 90 Quaker Hill Road, Unity, Maine. For more information contact Kate Gilbert, Events Manager, at (207) 509-7121 or by e-mail at kgilbert@unity.edu.

     Known as America’s Environmental College, Unity College is the first institution of higher education to divest from investments in fossil fuels, touching off a national movement.  It is also the first college to adopt sustainability science -- the leading-edge of 21st century transdisciplinary (collaborative) environmental problem solving – as its framework for teaching and learning.

     Perennially among the “greenest” commencements in the United States, Unity’s 2014 exercises will feature Green Weaver regalia, gowns made from 100%  recycled bottles; carbon credits for participants; sustainable approaches to facilities usage and dining services; an extensive recycling program; and other initiatives that are in keeping with the College’s environmental focus.

     In recent years Unity College has gained national attention for a variety of achievements including its focus on sustainability science, the vanguard in the fight for the mitigation of global climate change.  Other ground-breaking “green” innovations include the award-winning TerraHaus, the first student residence on a college or university campus built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient building standard in the world.

     Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources.  Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards, and visionary leaders.

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