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Mills Delivers Commencement Address at Nation's Oldest Boarding School

Story posted June 07, 2010

On the heels of delivering a handful of addresses at home, including those during Baccalaureate, Commencement and Reunion Convocation, President Barry Mills was the invited commencement speaker at The Governor's Academy, said to be the oldest boarding school in the country, in Byfield, Mass.

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President Barry Mills

The Daily News of Newburyport covered the graduation ceremony and Mills' speech.

An excerpt from the article:

Mills, who has been president of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, since 2001, told the graduates he would not be counseling them about their long-term futures, but rather about the future they will be facing just a few months from now — as college freshmen.
He said they would face a great deal more freedom and free time than they had experienced at the academy, but they would also be required to make more decisions on their own.
"College is like navigating by the stars," he said. "It will all be largely up to you."
He advised the graduates to spend some of the summer thinking about how they would use their new-found free time and said they should get involved in college life by finding something they genuinely like to do.
"Have fun. Make good decisions. Be safe," Mills said.

Mills also quoted from William DeWitt Hyde's "Offer of the College."

Read the full text of Mills' speech.

Read the Daily News of Newburyport article.

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