Senator Collins delivers an opening announcement…

Pittsfield, Maine – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered the commencement address for the Class of 2022 at Maine Central Institute (MCI). MCI 153rd the beginning also included the valedictorian’s speech, the awards and the presentation of the diploma. There were approximately 100 students in MCI’s class of 2022.

“Whether your home is just down the street or halfway around the world, you have been part of something truly special. MCI is a remarkable and historic school, renowned for its high standards and lofty achievements” , said Senator Collins during her remarks. “He has a worldwide reputation which is well deserved and which 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 another state or country, you can help restore the team spirit that makes life fulfilling and ennobling for all,” Senator Collins continued. “You can help heal the divisions in our country by the way you lead your own life, by building a sense of community, by listening with respect, by caring for each other, and yes, by using the work of team to solve problems and deliver a better, more optimistic America.

“I would be remiss if my remarks about teamwork did not acknowledge the team that helped you achieve this great moment in your life. MCI teachers and staff, your parents, friends and neighbors have come together to provide you with an excellent education. They have prepared you well for the adventure that awaits you,” Senator Collins concluded. “You’ve worked hard and the door to opportunity is open – don’t be afraid to walk through it with confidence, to take risks, to achieve your dream. Congratulations, Class of 2022, and good luck!

During the ceremony, Senator Collins paid tribute to Tanya Kingsbury, Chair of the Department of Global Languages, who is retiring after more than four decades of dedication and contributions to MCI. Additionally, she paid tribute to Debra Susi, Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, for receiving the Somerset County Teacher of the Year award last month. She also praised Pete Vigue, CEO of Cianbro and MCI Class of 1969 alumnus, for his extraordinary leadership in a highly successful Maine company.

MCI is a municipal academy and is the secondary school for the cities of Pittsfield, Burnham and Detroit. MCI’s 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 more than 30 clubs and activities.

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