Actor and filmmaker Robert Redford told the more than 480 graduates of Colby’s Class of 2015 that they are the ones to retell the world’s story, through collaboration and hope. “You’re stepping into a world that’s, well, pretty rough. It’s pretty chaotic, pretty divisive,” Redford told graduates at the ceremony on Miller Library lawn Sunday, May 24. “You’ve got climate change, you’ve got debt, you’ve got wars, you’ve got political paralysis. It’s kind of a grim story, but the story, I think, can be retold, and I really believe that you’re the ones to do it.” He added, “This school has provided you with the tools and it’s provided you with the history … to go out in the world and make a difference.”

Colby President David A. Greene also spoke about collaboration. “I hope you will recognize in your times of challenge and moments of exhilaration that the human spirit is nourished through collective wisdom, support, and action,” Greene said in his welcoming remarks. “We do not walk this world alone, and we do not succeed without the love, guidance, and the occasional push from others.”

More information about commencement is available at colby.edu/commencement.

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