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The University of Maine began conferring Honorary Degrees in 1886. The first recipient to receive an Honorary Degree was Charles H. Fernald, a University professor of Natural history. Upon Fernald's resignation, the University of Maine conferred upon him a Ph. D. In 1965, the University of Maine changed its policy and conferred six to twelve honorary degrees during both the June and August Commencement ceremonies. Degree recipients ranged from presidents to Supreme Court justices to veterans and business leaders.
The record group contains lists of recipients, biographies, photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and guidelines for awarding honorary degrees at the University of Maine from 1886 to 1973. Individual files contain information about the recipients biographical background through documents, photographs, and notes about the ceremony. Historical backgrounds are provided through photographs, newspaper clippings, and correspondence.
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UA RG 0003.006.003
Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine, "Honorary Degree Recipients (University of Maine) Records, 1886-1990" (2019). Finding Aids. Number 473.