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Sunday Road Closure to Enhance Safety

To enhance safety during Colby’s commencement, Mayflower Hill Drive through campus will be closed to traffic Sunday, May 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Read more >

Film icon Robert Redford will speak and President David A. Greene will present bachelor of arts degrees to approximately 480 seniors at Colby College’s 194th Commencement on Sunday, May 24. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in front of Miller Library and will be webcast on Colby’s website. The public is welcome.

Members of the Class of 2015 came to Colby from 34 states and 32 countries. The class includes 48 members of Phi Beta Kappa, a Watson Fellow, a Goldwater Scholar, a Fulbright, and five Davis Projects for Peace grant winners. About two-thirds—more than 300 seniors—presented their academic research at the Colby Liberal Arts Symposium, a celebration of scholarship April 30. Approximately 290 members of the class studied abroad, traveling to more than 40 countries. The majority of graduates have completed internships and significant research, and they will go on to a broad range of careers and to graduate or professional schools to study law, education, finance, medicine, nonprofit leadership, and other disciplines.

Sharing the lectern with Redford will be Margaret Bower of Cumberland, Maine, chosen senior class commencement speaker by vote of her classmates. An American studies and English double major who minored in theater and dance, Bower starred in theater and dance performances during her years at Colby, and last summer she was an intern for the Late Night with Seth Meyers television show.

The only student award acknowledged at commencement, Colby’s Condon Medal for engaged citizenship, goes to Student Government Association President Justin Deckert of Mansfield, Mass.

Redford, an actor and independent filmmaker, founded the Sundance Film Festival and the Sundance Institute to foster independence, risk-taking, and new voices in American film. An ardent environmentalist and conservationist, he is dedicated to the free expression of ideas through art, and he has two Academy Awards, including one for lifetime achievement.

Redford and four other distinguished individuals will receive honorary doctoral degrees at commencement. They include Deborah Bial, president and founder of the Posse Foundation; Andrew Davis ’85, an arts, education, and environmental philanthropist; Roger W. Ferguson Jr., president and CEO of TIAA-CREF; and Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist, filmmaker, and founder of Define American.

Seating for commencement is limited, and tickets distributed to graduating seniors will allow their families and guests access to a roped area with chairs. Standing room on the lawns at the rear and along the sides of the venue is open to the public. Information about tickets, parking, and traffic is in the FAQ section of Colby’s commencement website. If inclement weather necessitates moving the ceremony to the Harold Alfond Athletic Center, tickets will be required for admission to Wadsworth Gymnasium, where the ceremony would take place. Individuals without tickets may watch live video on large screens in the field house.

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby offers a rigorous academic program rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 57 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

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Sunday Road Closure to Enhance Safety

MapTo enhance safety during Colby’s commencement, Mayflower Hill Drive through campus will be closed to traffic Sunday, May 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thousands of pedestrians will be crossing the roadway in front of Miller Library and the academic quad during that time. In addition there may be traffic delays at other times during the weekend, particularly Friday evening.

At the south entrance to campus, Mayflower Hill Drive will be closed at Mt. Merici Ave. At the northeast end of campus Mayflower Hill Drive will be closed at the intersection where it meets Campus Drive and North Street near the athletic center. Security officers will be posted at each end to manage traffic and to recommend alternate routes.

From 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday security officers will manage traffic flow on Mayflower Hill Drive; motorists may be asked to wait for up to 15 minutes as pedestrians cross.

At 9 p.m. Saturday Campus Drive alongside Johnson Pond will close for about 15 minutes during a fireworks display. Throughout the weekend accommodations will be made for emergency vehicles.

The Department of Security suggests arriving by 9 a.m. Sunday to ensure sufficient time for parking and walking to the ceremony. Questions may be directed to Colby’s Department of Security at 207-859-4000.