As has been the case for 192 years, the Colby president welcomed the new class in a formal convocation at the start of school. President William D. Adams and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Parker Beverage spoke to the faculty and the Class of 2014 during a ceremony held in Lorimer Chapel in early September.
The 486 first-years introduced by Beverage represent the most diverse incoming class in Colby’s history. Twenty-four percent identify themselves as African-American, Latino/Latina, Asian-American, or Native American. An additional 12 percent have an international background, with 30 different countries represented from Canada and China to the Democratic Republic of Congo and, in a first for Colby, Cameroon.
The Class of 2014—the 26th class he has recruited to Colby—represents the last class that Beverage will introduce to the Colby community with his signature mix of wit and anecdote. Beverage will retire at the end of this academic year.