Love was the theme at Kents Hill School’s 190th Commencement on May 24, 2014. Celebrated author and activist Jennifer Finney Boylan of Belgrade addressed the 78 members of Kents Hill School’s Class of 2014, including her son Sean, today and told them to “change the world through the love that will shine out of you.”
Ms. Boylan drew references from Shakespeare, Raymond Carver and Jerry Garcia in her address. “I hope when you will think back to this place and remember the love of your teachers, the love of your parents, and the love, maybe most important of all, the love of your friends. When you think of Kents Hill, we hope it is this that will fill your hearts, the knowledge that you were given this love, and that through you, love will prevail.”
The author of 13 books including She’s Not There and the recently published Stuck in the Middle with You, Ms. Boylan is a contributing opinion writer for the op/ed page of the New York Times, national co-chair of the Board of Directors of GLAAD, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.
On May 1, 2014 Barnard College announced Ms. Boylan’s appointment as the Inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer-in-Residence. She had been a professor of English at Colby College in Waterville, Maine for 25 years and was co-chair of the department as well as director of the creative writing program.
Members of the Class of 2014 voted for Student Body President Harry Adams to represent them at Commencement. A three sport athlete in soccer, basketball and tennis, Harry is also an accomplished artist and musician. He will attend Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. in the fall. Harry said “It’s the unscripted, un-choreographed moments that really shape a kid’s time here. The moments I’ve had here need much more than a photograph to capture. I want my classmates to think back to their happiest moment here. Take a second and just think how simple it is. And hold on to it.”
Steven P. Akin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the School said, “I want to thank Pat McInerney [Head of School] for his steady leadership which has led us forward in growth and progress this year and staying on the theme of love, the faculty is the cardiovascular system, carrying oxygen to every part of the community.”
The Class of 2014 at Kents Hill School comprises 78 students from nine countries and 15 states.
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