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120th Commencement Ceremony - 2014


Honors Convocation & Class Dinner

Thomas College will hold the Honors Convocation
on Friday, May 9, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. in the Ayotte
Auditorium, Followed by the 2014 Class Dinner.

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All are welcome to the 120th Commencement
Ceremonies at 1:00 p.m. in the Harold Alfond
Athletic Center.

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Susan Collins

Dorcas Riley

Class Speakers

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Receiving the

Thomas Scholar Award

In recognition of
outstanding academic
achievement as an undergraduate student
will be Benjamin Hubert
of Augusta, Maine.

Ben Hurbert

Ben received a Bachelor
of Science degree in both Accounting and Information Technology Management summa cum laude. Ben has continued on to receive his Master of Business Administration degree.

2014 Class Speakers

Scarlett Stevens

Scarlet Stevens

Representing the Undergraduate students will be Scarlett Stevens. Scartlett is from Bradford, Maine, and will be receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, graduating magna cum laude.

Javier Abascal Carrasco


Representing the Graduate Division will be Javier Abascal Carrasco. Javier is from Sevilla, Spain, and will be receiving his Master of Business Administration degree.

2014 Class Marshals

Tiffany Beaulieu

Tiffany Beaulieu, from Jefferson, Maine, will be graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology.

Jeffrey Berard

Jeffrey Berard, from Lebanon, Maine, will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

Commencement Speaker

Susan Collins

Senator Susan Collins

First elected in 1996, Maine Senator Susan Collins is serving her third term in the United States Senate. Known for her work in facilitating bipartisan compromise, Senator Collins is a key leader in the U.S. Congress and was recently named by ELLE Magazine as “one of the ten most powerful women in D.C.” Senator Collins will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Her record demonstrates significant legislative accomplishments in such critical areas as homeland security, national defense, disaster response, education, business development, and health care. Senator Collins' accomplishments range from the repeal of a $50 billion tax break for the tobacco industry to a major overhaul of our nation’s intelligence community to make us safer from terrorism. Along with former Senator Joe Lieberman, Senator Collins led the successful repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that prohibited gay and lesbian Americans from serving openly in the military.

As the first freshman Senator ever to serve as Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Senator Collins directed investigations into waste and fraud in government and corporate malfeasance. One of those investigations uncovered $26 billion in Medicare fraud. Another represented the most comprehensive congressional investigation of the Enron scandal.

After her re-election in 2002, Senator Collins became chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. Her leadership, coupled with her work on the Armed Services Committee, earned her a national reputation for her policy expertise. In 2004, she coauthored the Collins-Lieberman Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, which represented the most sweeping changes in America’s intelligence community in 50 years. In 2007, she secured passage of legislation to better protect our nation’s seaports and chemical facilities, as well as to rebuild our nation’s emergency preparedness.

Today, Senator Collins continues her national security work as a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence. She also serves on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, where she not only is the top Republican on the Transportation Appropriations and Housing Subcommittee, but also is a senior member of the Defense Appropriation Subcommittee. A recipient of the Navy’s highest civilian honor, Senator Collins has successfully fought for increased funding for Navy shipbuilding to support the jobs of the men and women at Bath Iron Works, Maine's largest private employer, and has been recognized as well as a strong advocate for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. She has also advocated for the Maine Military Authority and the Defense Finance and Accounting Services Center in Limestone, as well as the Air National Guard base in Bangor and the Maine Army National Guard.

Susan Collins is also known as a tireless advocate for education and has visited and read to children at nearly 200 schools across our state. She has secured critical federal funding for special research projects and equipment for the University of Maine System and Maine’s Community Colleges.

A champion for our small businesses, the backbone of Maine’s economy, Senator Collins is especially proud of the 100 percent rating she receives from the National Federation of Independent Business, our nation’s leading small business organization.

Currently serving as the ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senator Collins has had a long-standing interest in health care. In 1997, she founded the Senate Diabetes Caucus and has led the effort to more than triple federal funding for diabetes research. As Senate co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, she has worked to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research and to strengthen support for family caregivers. She also led the fight to restore critical funding to Medicare so that elderly and disabled residents can receive needed care in their own homes.

Constituent service has always been one of Senator Collins’ top priorities in Washington and in her six state offices. During her time in the Senate, she has helped tens of thousands of her constituents with problems with federal agencies.

Susan Collins is not only an effective and tireless advocate for Maine families, she is a proven leader who is respected by colleagues on both sides of the aisle. She is also recognized as one of the hardest working members of Congress. During her entire time in the U.S. Senate, she has never missed a roll-call vote… casting more than 5,400 consecutive votes… and counting!

Senator Collins was born and raised in Caribou, Maine, where her family runs a fifth-generation lumber business, founded by her ancestors in 1844. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Lawrence University, she is married to Thomas A. Daffron and resides in Bangor.

Convocation Speaker

Dorcas Riley

Dorcas Riley

Dorcas Riley graduated from Colby College in 1980 with a BA degree in government, but during her last semester on Mayflower Hill she took an accounting course and absolutely loved it! A year later, she approached then Academic Dean Richard Begin at Thomas College with a proposal to take all the accounting courses needed to pass the CPA exam in one academic year, which required taking intermediate and advanced accounting classes simultaneously.

Dorcas passed the CPA exam and was off and running with an exciting and fun accounting and finance career in Maine, which continues more than three decades later. She began her career with an international public accounting firm, then moved into controller and chief financial officer roles for several central Maine companies: Key Bank, PFG NorthCenter Foodservice (founded by Trustee H. Allen Ryan), and Kennebec Savings Bank. She is currently Vice President of Finance at Day’s Jewelers based in Waterville.

Dorcas has been an active community volunteer for many years. She is especially proud of her work with United Way and the Waterville Opera House, and she is honored to be a Trustee of Thomas College. Dorcas lives in Mount Vernon with her husband John Bechard.

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