PORTLAND — The University of Maine School of Law awarded degrees on Saturday to 82 members of the class of 2010 at Merrill Auditorium.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Maine Sen. William Cohen addressed the law graduates, advising them to never sacrifice their integrity. 

“Honor: Don’t leave home or the office without it,” Cohen said. 

He urged graduates to stand up for their ideals, work against injustice and in doing so “send forth those tiny ripples of hope,” he said, quoting Robert Kennedy.

Student commencement speaker Joe Lewis, vice-chairman of the Portland Planning Board, asked classmates to be kind, generous and to bring civility to their professional and personal interactions. 

Margaret Kravchuk, U.S. magistrate judge in Bangor, received the school faculty’s Distinguished Alumnae Award.

Among those receiving degrees Saturday were Portland Police Sgt. Scot H. Mattox; Timothy Steigelman, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who served with the Navy for three years; Nicole Wakely of Topsham, a graduate of Colby College and the University of Notre Dame; Joel Moser, a Northport native and graduate of Bowdoin College; and Morgan Maxwell, a Lee native and graduate of Stanford University.

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