EMCC Graduation 

Eastern Maine Community College sent close to 400 new graduates off into the world Saturday.The College held its commencement at the Bangor Civic Center today.As part of a recent tradition, the featured speakers were all students, including EMCC’s Student of the Year, Michael Handzel, Junior of Orland.378 students received degrees.EMCC President Joyce Hedlund says that with the state of the economy, some students are choosing to continue their educations rather than going out to look for work right away…but there are plenty of graduates heading right into the work force as well.<"they are prepared and a lot of them do have jobs at this time."i'm just thankful for EMCC being a part of this region and today is just proof of the value of this college to the region.">As part of an ongoing food drive to help Mainers currently out of work, the class of 2009 asked folks attending the ceremony to bring along some nonperishable foods.EMCC has set a goal of collecting ten thousand pounds of non-perishable foods or household items to donate to the Good Shepherd Food Cupboard.The Maine Community College system will then find donations to match EMCC’s ten thousand pounds.