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The captain of Colby’s top-ranked women’s woodsmen’s team and a Nobel laureate economist will take turns on the stage at Colby’s 186th Commencement on Sunday, May 27, at 10 a.m. About 475 seniors from throughout the country and the world will receive bachelors’ degrees, and five distinguished individuals will receive honorary doctoral degrees. The public is welcome.

Thomas C. Schelling, winner of the 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his work in game theory, will receive an honorary doctor of education degree and deliver the Commencement address.

The senior class-elected speaker will be sociology major Kathryn F. Braemer ’07 of Philadelphia, Pa. Beyond the woodsmen’s team, Braemer has served as chair of special events on the Student Programming Board and volunteered for admissions, orientation, Colby Cares About Kids, and the senior pledge drive, among other activities.

Schelling, an emeritus professor at the University of Maryland, uses game theory, economics, statistics, and international relations theory to study conflict, cooperation, and strategy, particularly in the areas of nuclear deterrents and arms control. He is the author of the influential book The Strategy of Conflict (1960) and the subject of a recent biography, The Strategist: The Life and Times of Thomas Schelling (2006) by Robert Dodge.

Honorary degrees also will be presented to author John Barth, former Nigerian Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and Director of the Whitney Museum of Art Adam D. Weinberg.

Having earned the highest grade point average in the class, international studies and government major Ivica Petrikova of Bratislava, Slovakia, will serve as class marshal. The winner of the Condon Medal for constructive citizenship will be announced at Commencement.

The ceremony will take place on the Miller Library lawn and is open to the public. In the event of rain, it will be held in Colby’s Harold Alfond Athletic Center, where tickets are required. As in recent years, a live Webcast will be available online at