150th Anniversary Celebrated with UMF Charter Day
After much preparation, the UMF campus, dignitaries, alumni, and community members all joined in celebration of the signing of the 1863 charter that made UMF the first institution of public higher education in Maine. The milestone festivities included remarks by Gov. Paul LePage, Carlene Tremblay – U.S. Sen. Collins representative, Ryan Low – UMS director of external affairs, Gerald Cayer – executive VP of Franklin Community Health Network, Paul Mills – attorney and local historian and UMF President Kathryn A. Foster. Craig Larrabee – Alumni Council president and CEO of Jobs for Maine Graduates served as master of ceremonies. Gov. LePage was quoted by the Sun Journal saying the school has thrived throughout the years, making “quality, higher education accessible and affordable.” A celebratory community picnic and arts reception followed the ceremony.