From left, Mable Fitzsimmons, Matthew Curtis and Kadia Streete received their high school diplomas at Mount Desert Island Adult & Community Education’s graduation ceremony last week. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANNE PATTERSON

Adult learners earn diplomas



BAR HARBOR — Three graduates of Mount Desert Island Adult & Community Education received their high school diplomas in a graduation ceremony June 14 at MDI High School.

They are Matthew Curtis of Bar Harbor, Mable Fitzsimmons of Frenchboro and Kadia Streete of Bar Harbor. A fourth graduate, Alanna Lindsey of Mount Desert, was unable to attend the ceremony.

Curtis plans to pursue a business degree. Fitzsimmons plans to enter a medical assistant program. Streete plans to go to nursing school.

Streete is originally from Jamaica, where she graduated from high school. But she needed a U.S. high school credential to attend college.

Anne Patterson, director of MDI Adult & Community Education, said adult learners often face special challenges because of all the other commitments in their lives.

“In adult education, we find that people will come and succeed when the time is right for them,” she said. “For [these] students, the time was right to step forward with their goals, persist in their course work and earn their success.”

Mark Gousse, superintendent of the MDI Regional School System, told the graduates that his own father had earned his high school diploma through an adult education program.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. dbroom@mdislander.com
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