PORTLAND — Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen will give the keynote address at the University of Maine School of Law’s 2010 commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday in Merrill Auditorium.

Cohen, a Republican, served as secretary of defense under Democratic President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001. The Bangor native also was Maine’s U.S. senator from 1979 to 1997 and congressman from 1973 to 1979.

He currently heads the Cohen Group, a Washington, D.C., firm that provides business consulting services and advice on tactical and strategic opportunities throughout the world.

At Saturday’s ceremony, 82 students will receive law degrees and Margaret Kravchuk, U.S. magistrate judge in Bangor, will receive the law school faculty’s Distinguished Alumna Award.