Husson graduates nearly 900 students at the Cross Insurance Center in largest ever class

Husson University held a commencement ceremony for its largest graduating class ever on Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The ceremony was the first near-normal commencement exercise that the university had held since 2019, President Robert Clark said.

Some 896 students earned over 1,000 bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees and certificates, Clark said. Some students earned multiple degrees. The university saw record enrollment numbers during the pandemic, leading to the outsized number of graduates who walked the stage on Saturday, Clark said.

“It’s exciting to get back to as near normal as one can be,” he said. Last year’s graduates were restricted to bringing two guests and Husson implemented strict COVID protocols, holding separate ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students.

This year’s commencement was a single ceremony with required masking.

Christopher Chasse, 22, of Ellsworth, was nervous but excited as he prepared to receive his Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree. He will start work in September at the Portland firm Alban, Randall and Bennett.

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