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From left, UMaine Provost Susan Hunter, Senator Susan Collins '75 and UMaine Trustee William Johnson. Photo courtesy UMaine

Maine Senator Susan Collins '75 was the Commencement speaker at the University of Maine on May 7, and was awarded an honorary degree at the ceremony.

Collins told the capacity crowd that she was a "black sheep in a Black Bear family," because unlike her parents, older sister, younger brother, grandfathers and all of her uncles, she chose St. Lawrence rather than UMaine for her undergraduate education. "I hope this honorary degree will transform me from a black sheep to a full-fledged Black Bear," she added.

The full text of Collins' speech is available on the UMaine web site.

A government major, Collins was elected to represent the State of Maine in the United States Senate in 1996 and was re-elected to her third term in 2008. She was the 15th woman in history to be elected to the Senate in her own right.

Posted: May 12, 2011

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