BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic President Darron Collins will be this year’s commencement speaker at Mount Desert Island High School on June 14.
He was selected by the senior class officers with input from their classmates.
Collins said Tuesday that he is “excited and looking forward to it.”
Asked if he has decided on a theme for his address, he said, “It’s still a little early, but I really like the idea of cultivating a sense of adventure. I think that’s a useful quality to have, no matter what you wind up doing in life.”
Collins said that as part of his preparation for his commencement address, he plans to spend some time at the high school “shadowing” seniors.
“It’s been a while since I’ve felt what it’s like to be a high school senior, so I’ll be doing a little ethnography up there between now and then.”
This will be MDI High’s first graduating class without a valedictorian and salutatorian. The high school board voted in 2013 to eliminate, as of this year, those traditional honor parts, which have always been awarded to the students with the highest and second-highest grade point averages.
Last year was a transition year for honor parts. Isabel and Olivia Erickson were recognized as co-valedictorians, but they did not have speaking roles at the commencement ceremony. Instead, the senior class and members of the faculty each selected a student to speak at graduation.
Principal Matt Haney said this year’s two student speakers have not yet been chosen.