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A graduating senior from Falmouth, Maine, will address about 470 classmates at Colby College’s 191st Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20, at 10 a.m. Sam Deeran ’12, an American studies major with a cinema studies minor and a graduate of Falmouth High School, was elected by fellow members of the senior class.

Five accomplished and influential individuals will receive honorary doctoral degrees from Colby: David E. Shaw, managing director of Black Point Group and founder of IDEXX Laboratories; Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the National Research Council; Tonya Gonnella Frichner, a lawyer and activist devoted to pursuing human rights for indigenous peoples and president and founder of the American Indian Law Alliance; Robert D. Putnam, Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, who was called “the most influential academic in the world today” by the Sunday Times of London; and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Randy Weston, a renowned pianist, cultural ambassador, and innovator.

Nicole Sintetos ’12, a Winslow, Maine, resident, will be recognized for receiving the 2012 Condon Medal for constructive citizenship. In three years with the Pugh Community Board, first as an executive board member and then as executive chair, Sintetos has worked to improve multicultural and community-oriented programming on campus. She is a dean’s list student who double majored in American studies and in science, technology, and society.

The ceremony is open to the public, and 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 an overflow simulcast available in the field house, where no tickets are required. Notice of a location change will be posted at on Saturday evening, May 19. More information about commencement is online at

Members of the media who plan to attend, need information, or wish to arrange an audio feed during the ceremony should contact Ruth Jacobs in the Office of Communications, or 207-859-4353. Advance notice and Colby-issued press credentials are required of all members of the media.