BIDDEFORD — It’s a busy day for college commencements in Maine.
U.S. Sen. Angus King is the keynote speaker at the University of New England’s 178th commencement at the Biddeford campus on Saturday.
The university will award 1,450 degrees at the event. Included are 26 students who make up the inaugural graduating class from UNE’s College of Pharmacy.
Commencement ceremonies are also scheduled for Saturday at Unity College, University of Maine campuses at Farmington, Fort Kent, Machias and Presque Isle, the University of Maine School of Law, and Husson University’s Portland campus.
More than 1,800 students are receiving degrees from four of Maine’s community colleges.
Commencements are being held Saturday for graduates of Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle and York County Community College in Wells.
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is the speaker at the Northern Maine Community College commencement.
Attorney F. Lee Bailey, whose high-profile clients have included O.J. Simpson and Patty Hearst, is speaking at Southern Maine Community College.
Graduation ceremonies at Maine’s other community colleges were held earlier in May. In all, nearly 2,900 community college students are graduating this month.