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At Colby's 180th commencement, 466 members of the Class of 2001 received degrees and heard the Reverend Peter J. Gomes (right) of Harvard University talk about the necessity of virtue and the inevitability of failure. "The fine art of failure," he said, "is the means to the greater art of endurance and ultimately perseverance and success." Rev. Gomes kept graduates laughing, telling them, "The weather here is designed to produce character and to ensure virtue, and I am certain that if it hasnít, it will before these proceedings are over."

Spring rains held off, permitting the Class of 2001 to graduate outdoors. Class officers Emily Mahlman and Jonathan Engle introduced class speaker Todd Miner (top), who said he got his best advice from Dean of Students Janice Kassman. Waving cereal boxes he had cut up, he said Kassman suggested he staple his speech to cardboard, "so when the wind blows the sound of the pages wouldnít be picked up by the microphone."

President William D. Adams, at his first Colby commencement, presented bachelor of arts degrees to each graduate, including Sarah Richards. Jacqueline Ogutha of Nairobi, Kenya, a magna cum laude graduate in psychology, won the Condon Medal, the only award presented at graduation. Honorary degrees were presented to Rev. Gomes, to renowned cardiologist Gerald Dorros M.D., to outgoing Bowdoin College President Robert H. Edwards and to author and sea captain Linda Greenlaw í83. Newly minted graduates included Calla Fankhanel.

 

 

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