Barry Lopez PHOTO COURTESY OF COA

COA graduation set



BAR HARBOR — Students, alumni, family, faculty, staff, friends and community members will gather at College of the Atlantic June 4 for the coastal Maine school’s annual commencement ceremony.

A total of 83 students from 24 states and 13 nations are set to graduate from the institution.

Award-winning author and environmental justice advocate Barry Lopez is this year’s keynote speaker and honorary degree recipient. Lopez is the recipient of more than a dozen major literary and cultural awards, including the National Book Award for “Arctic Dreams,” the John Burroughs Medal for natural history writing and a Christopher Medal for humanitarian writing for “Of Wolves and Men.”

Economists, biologists, botanists, musicians, educators, entrepreneurs, writers, artists, designers, scientists, public policy analysts and organic farmers are among the candidates for a bachelor of arts and a master of philosophy in COA’s one major, human ecology.

Awards received by students in this graduating class include a Schwarzman Scholarship, a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, two Udall Scholarships, a Botanical Society of America Young Botanist Award and a Projects for Peace award.

COA writing program Director Anne Kozak is the 2016 Grand Marshall.

Lopez will be introduced by senior and Davis United World College Scholar Galen Hecht, of Santa Fe, N.M. Seniors Ariana Rambach of Ashland, Ore., Will Minogue of Arlington, Mass., and Natalia Zamboni Vergara of Guatemala City, Guatemala, will provide student perspectives on the COA experience, while senior Tyler Prest of Northfield, Mass., will lead off the commencement ceremony along with COA President Darron Collins ’92 and board Chairman Will Thorndike.

The commencement ceremony takes place on the north lawn of COA’s Eden Street campus. The event is open to the public.

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