BANGOR — Maine’s seven community colleges will graduate nearly 3,000 students commencement ceremonies this month, an increase of 21 percent over last spring. Preliminary numbers indicate an increase of 518 graduates, from 2,426 in May 2010 to 2,944 this month.
Scheduled this weekend are:
• Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, 10 a.m. May 21, Bangor Auditorium; speaker Shauna Strattonmeier, EMCC 2011 Student of the Year.
• Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, 10 a.m. May 21, Augusta Civic Center; speaker John Dalton, president and CEO, Inland Hospital.
• Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, 2 p.m. May 22, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland; speaker Dr. James Ortiz, president, SMCC.
BANGOR — Members of the Student Environmental Action Committee at John Bapst Memorial High School will participate in a Water Walk on Monday, May 23.
Some 26 students will walk from the school on Broadway down around the Margaret Chase Federal Building and Bangor Public Library, through downtown to Aubuchon Hardware, along the river to Eastern Maine Medical Center, back down State Street and returning to the school.
The purpose of the walk, said SEAC representative DJ Brooks, is “to raise public awareness about our larger community Water Walk to occur on Sept. 25. All proceeds from the Water Walk in Spetember will go to benefit the BARKA Foundation.”
“This organization works with the people of Burkina Faso, Africa, to try to increase their quality of lives,” Brooks said. “Specifically, this money would go to help build and repair wells, as well to help fund programs to teach proper sanitation to the Burkinabe.”