From left, graduates are Shaylee R. Ethridge, Mark A.Veilleux, Kai M.B. McQuaide, Timothy J. Koskela Jr., Margo M. Whittier. Submitted

MECHANIC FALLS — Seven RSU 16 Adult Education students were honored at a cap and gown graduation ceremony on Friday, June 7 for meeting High School completion goals. Over 70 friends, family, and staff gathered in the Elm Street School gymnasium, as five of the graduates marched to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Director, Jenny Rose, opened with remarks on the topic, “When one door closes, another door opens.” Teacher, Susan Lasselle, shared anecdotes and thoughts from the classroom about each of the graduates and said it was a privilege to have been able to work with them to complete their high school education.

Timothy John Koskela Jr. was selected by staff to receive the Courage to Grow award from Central Maine Community College for academic excellence, perseverance, and growth. RSU 16 Adult Education Advisor, Suzette Moulton presented this award, which provides students with a $100 scholarship that can be applied toward books, a technical device, housing, or other relevant costs.

As part of a longstanding tradition, each graduate took the podium during the ‘flower ceremony’ to personally thank family, friends, and staff for supporting them in their educational journey by presenting them with a red rose following a short speech. Diplomas were then awarded by Susan Lasselle as photos were taken by Administrative Assistant, Jerilyn Cook.

Jenny closed with a charge to graduates to “Go forth with courage and determination in your souls to put yourselves out there and try new things, but above all, go forth with kindness in your hearts.”

The 2024 graduates are Adelaide J. Childers, Josiah D. Childers, Shaylee R. Ethridge, Timothy J. Koskela Jr., Kai M.B. McQuaide, Mark A.Veilleux, Margo M. Whittier For more information about Maine Adult Education or to find the program nearest you, visit

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