“What unites us as humans is far more powerful and important than what divides us,” Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith A. McHale told graduates at Colby’s 189th Commencement, May 23. “From Waterville to Moscow to Islamabad, people everywhere share the same aspirations for their families and communities.”
The former CEO of Discovery Communications, now in the Obama administration, urged students “to focus on the ways to tap into the potential of partnerships based on human commonality and to avoid becoming blinded by the superficial differences between people, the man-made barriers that impede mutually beneficial relationships.”
Four members of previous classes marched before the 477 members of the senior class accepted bachelor’s degrees from President William D. Adams. Class speaker Steven A. Tatko of Willimantic, Maine, told his classmates, “Be true to who you are.” He quoted his father, who told him to be proud and that people would respect “the goodness inside of you.” Tatko then said, “I hope, Dad, that I’ve been able to live up to your example.”
Leading the procession were the top academic graduates: valedictorian Alexandra E. Wesnousky of Davis, Calif., and class marshal Brian P. DiMento of Rowley, Mass. Sameera Anwar of Bahrain won the Condon Medal for constructive citizenship.
McHale and four others received honorary degrees: Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah of Princeton; Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes; and Professor Joshua Silver of Oxford University, who is director of the Centre for Vision in the Developing World.
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—Stephen B. Collins ’74