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Approximately 500 seniors will receive bachelor’s degrees at Colby’s 192nd Commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 26. In celebration of the College’s bicentennial year, all recipients of honorary degrees including the speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gregory White Smith ’73, are Colby alumni.
Sharing the stage with Smith will be honorary degree recipients David Bodine ’76, a senior investigator and chief of the Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch of the NIH Human Genome Research Institute; Eleanor Duckworth ’57, a cognitive psychologist and research professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education; Kenneth Ongalo-Obote ’94, a member of the Parliament of Uganda; Erik Quist ’99, a decorated Marine Corps captain who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Liz Czernicki Quist ’98, a veterans’ advocate and certified public accountant; Pete Rouse ’68, counselor to President Barack Obama; and Metropolitan Savas Zembillas ’79, the spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh.
Michael Langley ’13, of Short Hills, N.J., will deliver the student speech per vote of the senior class. He is an English major with a concentration in creative writing who edited the opinion section of the student newspaper, ran on the cross-country and track teams, served as a writing tutor, and founded a student humor magazine.
Madison Louis ’13 of Wellesley, Mass., will be recognized as the 2013 Condon Medal winner for constructive citizenship. Louis has served in leadership roles at the Colby Volunteer Center since her sophomore year, most recently as director. She has been integral to the growth of the CVC’s alternative spring break program, which organizes volunteer activities in the United States and abroad. She was a key player in Colby’s campaign for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, and she oversaw the creation of partnerships with athletic teams for mentoring.
The graduation ceremony, which is expected to be on the lawn of Miller Library, is open to the public. Attendees who are not family members of graduates are asked to bring their own chairs. In the case of rain, tickets will be required for admission to the gymnasium in the Harold Alfond Athletic Center and there will be a live video stream available in the field house, where no tickets are required. In the event of a location change, notice will be posted here. More information about commencement is online.
A live webcast of the ceremony will be available here.
Members of the media who plan to attend and wish to arrange an audio feed during the ceremony should contact Ruth Jacobs in the Office of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-859-4353.