The University of Maine at Farmington celebrated Saturday, May 14, as 392 graduates, including the first graduates of UMF’s Master of Science in Education — Educational Leadership degree program, marched in the 2011 Commencement Ceremony on the UMF campus.

“It’s always inspiring to look out at our graduates on this day and think of all they’ve accomplished in their time at UMF,” said Theodora J. Kalikow, UMF president, in a press release. “Leadership really does start here. It starts on the first day our students set foot on campus and continues throughout their lives as they go on to make a difference in Maine and beyond.”

Bill McKibben delivered the keynote address to UMF graduates and their families, the UMF community and honored guests. Nationally recognized as one of America’s leading environmentalists, McKibben has written extensively about climate change and founded, a grassroots movement dedicated to help people across the globe become aware of the severe consequences of global warming to all of Earth’s inhabitants.

The University awarded honorary degrees of Doctor of Humane Letters to both McKibben and Robert Shetterly — artist, illustrator and activist — in recognition for their remarkable accomplishments as educators, advocates and articulate and enlightening voices on contemporary issues.

Graduating senior Jeffrey Lees, from Vassalboro, gave the student address, calling upon his fellow graduates to remember the successes that they have achieved so far and to build on them as they go forward to be the change the world needs.

Marjorie Murray Medd, member of the UMS Board of Trustees, delivered greetings to the graduates from the University of Maine System. Degrees were conferred by UMF President Kalikow and UMF Vice President for Academic Affairs Allen Berger.

The following graduates from Waldo County are listed by their hometowns:

Belfast: Jena Harvey, B.S., Elementary Education; Ellen Marlow, B.F.A., Creative Writing; Jillian Ross, B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies — Political Science/Social Science;

Freedom: Andrea Bryant, B.S., Elementary Education;

Islesboro: Natasha Nelson, B.F.A., Creative Writing;

Searsport: Katherine Cook, B.S., Elementary Education;

Thorndike: Lindsay Trafton, B.A., Psychology;

Winterport: Carmen Rioux, B.S., Special Education.