Eastport Boat School Announces Graduation Ceremony

Date of Release: April 24, 2012

The Eastport Boat School will hold its graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the multi-purpose room located at the School. Certificates will be presented to eleven students at the formal ceremony. Noted author Greg Rossel will be the commencement speaker.

The Boatbuilding Certificates will be presented by Dr. Lynne Coy-Ogan, Husson University Provost, and Ed Scott, Director of the Boat School. Also, the Friends of the Boat School will make a presentation to Husson University. After the ceremony the assemblage will walk to the dock and observe the boat launching ceremony, where each of the students will christen and launch the boat that they built during this school year. After the launching, a luncheon will be held and will include a special recognition presentation to volunteers who have helped the Eastport Boat School this year.

"Graduation is a special day for each of these students and their families," said Husson Provost Lynne Coy-Ogan. "They have worked extremely hard and leave here with the foundation to become master craftsmen."

Greg Rossel came to Maine in the early 1970's from Staten Island, New York, seeking cleaner waters. He enrolled at the Boat School in Lubec and in 1980 received a certificate in boat building. He began his career as the assistant director of the boatbuilding program at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath and he has taught boat building in Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and California as well as educated executives from the United States, Europe and Japan. Greg is currently teaching a boat building course to high school students at the Penobscot Marine Museum.

Although the Eastport Boat School will no longer be affiliated with Husson University beginning in the next academic year, the School, now operated by the Friends of the Boat School, is continuing to offer all of its current programming.

For more information, please contact Amanda Kitchen at 207.992.4925 or kitchena@husson.edu.

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