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Commencement 2005

March Letter to Parents

On behalf of the President and the Board of Trustees, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to the 184th Commencement Weekend at Colby College. Activities will begin Friday, May 20, and conclude Sunday, May 22. Please refer to the enclosed schedule for more details. You will receive a formal invitation to the ceremony by the first week of May. Each graduate will receive information about where to obtain graduation announcements here on campus.

Baccalaureate will be held Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. The service is held in Lorimer Chapel, but due to limited seating it is open to faculty and graduates only. Guests may hear the audio broadcast of baccalaureate on the chapel lawn or view a telecast in nearby Lovejoy Hall.

Provided the weather is fair, commencement exercises will be held Sunday, May 22, at 10 a.m. on the mall in front of Miller Library. Seating outside is unlimited and tickets will not be needed. In the event of inclement weather, the exercises will be held in the Harold Alfond Athletic Center, where the seating capacity is limited. Each graduate will receive four tickets for seating in the gymnasium for the live event with additional, non-ticketed, seating available in the adjacent field house where the ceremony will be telecast.

With the exception of breakfast, meals during commencement weekend will require tickets reserved and purchased in advance. Tickets may be purchased either by mail, using a check, or online with a credit card at https://www.colby.edu/commencement/meals/mealres.shtml. Due to the need for a check or credit card payment in advance, meal reservations are not accepted by telephone. All meal reservations are due no later than Sunday, May 1. Please note that your graduate receives complimentary tickets to all meals, and you should therefore not order meals for your son or daughter. Requests for refunds must be postmarked no later than Sunday, May 15. Meal tickets ordered by mail or online will be distributed to your senior during senior week with their rain tickets and other commencement related information.

A professional photographer has been hired for the commencement exercises and each graduate will be photographed upon receipt of his or her diploma. You will receive information directly from the photographer about purchasing these photos. Please be aware that because we must keep the area around the podium clear, you may be unable to take a close-up photo yourself.

We look forward to having you with us for Commencement 2005. Please contact me if you have questions or concerns that I may assist with prior to May.

Sincerely,

Karen R. Farrar Ledger
Scheduling Manager
Commencement Chairperson

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