The Landing School names graduation speaker

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Bestselling author Matthew Crawford will be the commencement speaker June 11 at The Landing School’s 32nd annual graduation and christening ceremony.

Crawford will address more than 60 graduating students as they begin their new careers in the marine industry. As the author of “Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work,” Crawford is an inspiration and a trailblazer among modern professionals in the hands-on mechanical trades, the school said.

The staff, faculty and students selected Crawford to commemorate a special advancement as an educational institution. The school, whose mission is to train people for careers in the marine industry, will be awarding associate degrees for the first time since it was founded in 1978.

After two years of working with the Maine legislature and an accrediting agency, the school received the authority in 2009 to grant associate degrees. The class of 2011 will have in its ranks the first recipients of an Associate of Applied Science degree in marine industry technology. Other students will receive certificates in wooden boatbuilding, composite boatbuilding, yacht design and marine systems.

“Mr. Crawford is the ideal individual to congratulate and embolden the graduating class as they celebrate their academic achievements and prepare for their new careers,” school president Robert DeColfmacker said in a statement. “We are honored to have a renowned writer who understands the mission of The Landing School provide words of encouragement and advice on this monumental day.”

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