Collins was given an honorary doctorate from the school on Saturday, after giving the commencement address at the Castine school’s graduation ceremony.
Maine Maritime president Leonard Tyler says he invited Collins to speak because of her support of higher education and Maine’s working waterfronts.
Collins has quite a history with Maine Maritime: in 1997 she was the official sponsor of the school’s training ship, the State of Maine. She also took part in MMA’s 2005 commencement, where she introduced Senator John McCain.
Collins says she was honored to speak at Saturday’s ceremony.
Saturday’s graduates represented students from across Maine and the U.S., as well as Ghana, India, Panama, Russia, and Spain.