University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings has announced that Maine Governor Janet Mills will deliver the keynote address at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony.
“We are honored to have Maine’s first woman governor join us as we celebrate our 139th commencement,” Cummings said. “Gov. Mills has served her home state with honor and courage in the Maine Legislature and as the state’s Attorney General. We also take particular pride in her as an alumna of the University of Maine School of Law.”
This year’s commencement ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 11th at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. Approximately 1,000 new graduates will participate.
Janet Trafton Mills was born and raised in Farmington, Maine. The daughter of a long-time high school English teacher and a U.S. Attorney for Maine, she attended the University of Massachusetts at Boston and the University of Maine School of Law.
Mills first entered public service as an assistant attorney general, where she prosecuted homicides and other major crimes. She later won election as district attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties, making her the first woman to be elected as a district attorney in New England.
Mills co-founded Maine Women’s Lobby to advocate for battered and abused women and was first elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2002. Seven years later, she became the first woman to serve as Maine’s attorney general.
She was sworn in as Maine governor on Jan. 2, 2019.