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Robert E. Diamond Jr., who majored in economics at Colby and has become a leader in international finance through his work at Barclays PLC, the London-based financial services firm, will deliver the commencement address at Colby’s 187th Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 25, at 10 a.m.

Diamond is president of Barclays PLC and chief executive of Investment Banking and Investment Management, comprising Barclays Capital, Barclays Global Investors and Barclays Wealth. He is the architect of the strategies that have produced record performances for Barclays across these divisions. Diamond joined Barclays in 1996 from CS First Boston where he was head of Global Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange. Prior to joining CS First Boston, Diamond was head of European/Asian Fixed Income trading for Morgan Stanley, where he worked for 13 years. Diamond began his career as a lecturer at the University of Connecticut School of Business in 1976-1977.

A native of Concord, Mass., Diamond received a bachelor’s degree from Colby in 1973 and an M.B.A. in 1977 from the University of Connecticut, where he ranked first in his class. A trustee of Colby and of the American School in London, he serves on the advisory board of the Judge Business School at Cambridge University, and is chairman of Old Vic productions, the London-based theater company. Diamond and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. Charlie, the youngest, will enroll at Colby this September as a member of the class of 2012.
Diamond will receive an honorary degree, as will four others:

Art historian Gabriella De Ferrari served as curator and director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, curator of Harvard’s Busch-Reisinger Museum, and assistant director of the Fogg Art Museum. She was the first chair of the Colby College Museum of Art’s Board of Governors. A contributing editor for Travel and Leisure, she also writes for The New York Times and Vanity Fair.

Amory Lovins is cofounder, chairman, and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute and chairman of Fiberforge, Inc. He advises governments and major firms worldwide on advanced energy and resource efficiency and has led the technical redesign of $30-billion worth of facilities to achieve large energy savings, typically at lower capital cost.

David Simon, author, journalist, and television writer-producer, began as a police reporter at the Baltimore Sun. His experiences on the crime beat led to his Edgar Award-winning book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, an account of the Baltimore Police Department Homicide Unit that became the basis for NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street. Simon recently completed the fifth season of HBO’s The Wire.

Sunita Williams has spent 195 days in space, a record among female astronauts. A naval aviator, Williams was selected for the astronaut program in 1998. Her four spacewalks totaling 29 hours and 17 minutes established the world record for women. Williams has received many awards including two Navy Commendation Medals and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

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