Greg Mortenson, coauthor of the bestseller Three Cups of Tea, told Colby’s 509 members of the Class of 2009 to find the good in failure and to hold onto hope. “In his keynote address, Mortenson, co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute and founder of Pennies for Peace, said that even if times are dark, there is a Persian proverb that offers hope, by saying, ‘when it is dark, you can see the stars.'”