Welcome Class of 2014


Photography by Jay Hayes

class of 2014
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.

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  • On October 29, 2010, Foster and Susan Wright wrote:
    Parker Beverage is one of the truly good guys. We have known him for 38 years and would like to say that he and his wife Ann embody a special kind of dedication that is not often seen today in our fast-paced and transient society. The Colby community has been incredibly fortunate to have had Parker for the past 26 years. Parker, wishing you fair winds and a following sea on your upcoming retirement! ~ Foster and Susan Wright