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Approximately 475 seniors will receive bachelor’s degrees at Colby’s 193rd Commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 25. Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, the first in his family to graduate from college and a champion of education reform, will deliver the commencement speech and receive an honorary degree.
The Class of 2014 includes a host of impressive scholars. About 300 members, almost two thirds of the senior class, presented their research at the Colby Liberal Arts Symposium, a celebration of scholarship held May 1. More than 250 members of the class studied abroad during their junior year, traveling to more than 40 countries worldwide. The class includes 48 members of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society, and three All-American athletes.
Kathryn A. Moore of Vienna, Va., a chemistry-environmental science major and a physics minor who won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, is the class valedictorian. As class marshal she will lead the official procession of students.
Omari Matthew of Bronx, N.Y., was chosen by a vote of the senior class to deliver the student speech. Matthew is a biology major with a concentration in ecology and evolution and a Posse Scholar, and he recently won a campus-wide speech competition about the value of the liberal arts.
Justin Owumi of Jamaica Plain, Mass., will receive the Condon Medal for constructive citizenship, the only award presented at commencement. A chemistry-biochemistry major, he has participated in the Colby Research Scholars program, working on cancer research with Professor Kevin Rice ’96. A member of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams, he won the NESCAC championship in the triple jump event this spring.
In addition to Governor Patrick, recipients of honorary degrees at commencement will include Richard Blanco, the poet who read at President Obama’s second inauguration; Elizabeth Broun, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; William Chace, former president of Wesleyan and Emory universities; and Andrea Nix Fine ’91, an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker who got her start in film as a Colby student. William D. Adams, presiding at his 14th and final Colby commencement as president of the College, will also receive an honorary doctorate.
The ceremony, which is expected to be on the lawn of Miller Library, is open to the public. Those attending who are not family members of graduates are asked to bring their own chairs. In 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 at colby.edu. More information about commencement is online.
A live webcast of the ceremony will be available at colby.edu/commencement. Colby encourages participation in conversations and posting of photos leading up to and through the weekend using #Colby2014 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.