Pittsfield, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2022 at Maine Central Institute (MCI). MCI’s 153rd commencement also included the valedictorian address, awards, and a diploma presentation. There were approximately 100 students in MCI’s Class of 2022.
“Whether your home is just down the street or on the other side of the world, you have been part of something truly special. MCI is a remarkable and historic school, renowned for high standards and high achievement,” said Senator Collins during her remarks. “It has a global reputation that is well-deserved and that you have enhanced.”
“My challenge to you graduates is to outwit the forces of division wherever the future takes you. Whether the next phase of your life keeps you in Maine or to another state or country, you can help to restore the team spirit that makes life enriching and ennobling for all,” Senator Collins continued. “You can help heal the divisions in our country by the way you conduct your own lives, by building a sense of community, by listening with respect, by caring for one another, and yes, by using teamwork to solve problems and provide a brighter, more optimistic America.”
“I would be remiss if my remarks on teamwork did not recognize the team that helped you reach this great moment in your lives. The teachers and staff at MCI, your parents, friends, and neighbors have pulled together to provide you with a great education. They have prepared you well for the adventure that lies ahead,” Senator Collins concluded. “You have worked hard and the gate of opportunity is open – don’t be afraid to stride through it with confidence, to take risks, to follow your dream. Congratulations, Class of 2022, and good luck!”
During the ceremony, Senator Collins honored Tanya Kingsbury, World Language Department Chair, who is retiring after more than four decades of dedication and contributions to MCI. Additionally, she recognized Debra Susi, Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair, for receiving the Teacher of the Year Award for Somerset County last month. She also commended Pete Vigue, the CEO of Cianbro and an alumnus of the MCI Class of 1969, for his extraordinary leadership of a very successful Maine company.
MCI is a town academy and is the secondary school for the towns of Pittsfield, Burnham, and Detroit. MCI boarding student enrollment includes day students from many Maine communities, and boarding students from six states and 28 countries. MCI offers accelerated and advanced placement courses in all subjects as well as 16 varsity sports teams and over 30 clubs and activities.