SEARSPORT — Maine Ocean School held its commencement exercises for three graduating seniors June 11 at Captain Sweetser’s Inn. The event was the second graduation in the school’s three-year history.

Graduate Cole Natale will attend the University of Maine to study marine science; Noah Hall will attend University of Southern Maine in Portland and plans to study political science; and Robert “Max” Osborne will attend Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle to study wind technology. All three graduates hail from Waldoboro.

Three inaugural graduating class alumni attended the commencement, helping to celebrate this year’s seniors.

Rep. Scott Cuddy, D-Winterport, the featured commencement speaker, offered sentiments of hope and encouragement for the future.

Maine Ocean School Director Kylie Bragdon said, “Graduation went seamlessly, and provided a much-needed opportunity for us to celebrate our seniors. I am incredibly proud of their hard work and dedication to Maine Ocean School.”

The marine-focused school, which opened in September 2018, is a type of specialized public school known as a magnet school (at present there are only two in Maine), funded by both private donations and state funds.

From left, Alumna Abigail Stemp, graduates Noah Hall and Cole Natale, alumna May Young, Ocean School Director Kylie Bragdon, graduate Robert “Max” Osborne, and alumnus Peter Shelton after commencement exercises at Captain Sweetser’s Inn, Searsport.