The University of Maine at Fort Kent has announced that two individuals will both be awarded Distinguished Service Awards at UMFK’s 137th commencement ceremony on May 11.

Melford Pelletier and Reynold Raymond will each receive the honor at the university's commencement ceremony. The award is given to individuals who have gone above and beyond in service to UMFK.

UMFK President John Short said it's rare that two people would be honored with this award. “Both of these gentlemen have worked diligently to supporter UMFK. We found both to be greatly deserving.”

Melford Pelletier graduated from UMFK in 1967 and is retired from a 34-year career as an educator at Fort Kent Community High School. He has been connected to the UMFK campus ever since he graduated. He currently serves on UMFK’s Board of Visitors, an advocacy group for the campus.

Reynold Raymond graduated from UMFK in 1971, is a retired CEO of Northern Maine General, and has supported the region in various ways since that time. Raymond can be credited with “righting the ship” when he took over Northern Maine General several decades ago. A failing organization that was in desperate need of greater efficiency, NMG is now a thriving employer throughout northern Aroostook County. Raymond currently serves as the chair of the finance committee for Aroostook County.

“We are thrilled to honor two praiseworthy individuals this year,” said President Short. “We value their support and dedication.”