BAR HARBOR — Nearly 120 Mount Desert Island High School seniors are set to receive their diplomas when the school holds its 47th graduation ceremony this Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m.
Howard Colter, outgoing superintendent of the MDI Regional School System, will deliver the commencement address. He has served as superintendent for a total of 16 years, from 1992-2004 and from 2012 to the present.
The two senior class speakers will be Cassidy Parady and Molly Brown. Parady was chosen to speak by her classmates, Brown by the faculty.
The high school no longer recognizes a valedictorian or salutatorian. The marshals for this year’s commencement ceremony are Nolan Crandall and Mary Ellen Sharp.
Principal Matt Haney said each class of students tends to have a distinct personality, and this one has “a special relationship with the Acadia region and, in particular, with the national park.”
“Never before has a group of seniors pulled together to celebrate, promote and protect our place on this earth as much as this class,” Haney said.
That might be because Acadia is celebrating its centennial this year, he said.
“Whatever the reason, this class of graduates as a whole appreciates the outdoors and are stewards for the next generation.”
School officials often don’t know until just a few days prior to commencement exactly how many seniors will be eligible to receive diplomas. They said Wednesday that they expect 118 to graduate this year.
A number of seniors have signed up for a white-water rafting trip on the Upper Penobscot River near Millinocket on Monday, the day after graduation.