The Ceremony

On May 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. the University of New England will award an estimated 1,400 bachelor's, master's and doctorates in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, human services, education, management and the liberal arts during its 180th Commencement Ceremony at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine. 

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient:

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt 2015 Commencent Speaker

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt is the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, a social enterprise serving Maine, New Hampshire and northern Vermont. With more than 1,800 employees in the region, Goodwill provides diverse services that help individuals and families find stability through work.

Roosevelt joined Goodwill in 2011 from the Boeing Company in Chicago, where she had held the position of vice president of Global Corporate Citizenship. Her career has encompassed leadership positions in philanthropy, public policy, politics, the arts and higher education.

Roosevelt also chairs the Roosevelt Institute in New York. In 2013, she was presented the Queen’s Commissioners Medal of Merit of the Province of Zeeland in the Netherlands, in recognition of her work carrying forward the legacy and values of her grandparents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, through the annual joint presentation of the Four Freedoms Awards. She also serves on the boards of the Maine Community Foundation and Net Impact. She is a fellow at the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College and serves as a trustee at Roosevelt University.

Roosevelt holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and a Master of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Honorary Degree Recipient: Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy 2015 Honorary Degree RecipientFor the past 27 years, Michael McCarthy has served as principal of Portland, Maine’s King Middle School, which was featured in the 2014 book Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century.

McCarthy has twice won the Maine Principal of the Year Award and twice been a finalist for the National Principal of the Year Award. In 2008, he received the Maine Public Health Association’s Access to Health Care Award. In 2014, he was included in Maine Magazine’s list of the 50 most influential Mainers.  

Prior to his appointment as principal of King Middle School, McCarthy had served as principal of Bonny Eagle Middle School in Standish, Maine, and as assistant principal at Waterville High School.

The author of numerous articles on school reform, McCarthy has given presentations throughout the United States and abroad. He is an adjunct professor in the educational leadership program at the University of Southern Maine and a national faculty member for Expeditionary Learning.

McCarthy holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the University of New Hampshire, a master’s degree in educational administration from Salem State University, and a certificate of advanced graduate study from the University of Maine.