Celebrated country-music songwriter and MCC alumnus Darrell Scott will address this year’s graduating class. COURTESY PHOTO
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LOWELL — Celebrated country-music songwriter and alumnus Darrell Scott will give this year’s Middlesex Community College commencement address.

Commencement exercises for the 885 members of the college’s Class of 2006 will be held on May 25 at 10 a.m. in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

The processional will begin at 9:30 a.m. in front of the college’s Lowell Campus, which sits diagonally across from the Auditorium.

One of Nashville’s most decorated songwriters, Scott is a 1985 Middlesex graduate who was a student speaker at his own commencement. He went on to study poetry and literature at Tufts University before moving to Nashville, where he has become a successful composer and first-call session musician.

Scott wrote the Grammy-Award winning “Long Time Gone” and “Heartbreak Town,” both top hits for the Dixie Chicks. His songs have also been recorded by Travis Tritt, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

He was named Songwriter of the Year in 2001 by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, as well as 2002’s Songwriter of the Year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Scott plays a variety of instruments, but is best known for his guitar, dobro and mandolin playing. He has toured with Guy Clark, Sam Bush and Tim O’Brien, and has recorded with Patty Loveless, Randy Travis and Trisha Yearwood.

The Invisible Man, Scott’s sixth solo recording, has just been released on his own record label, Full Light Records. His fourth album, Theatre of the Unheard, was included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s Critics Top Albums of 2003.