Area Residents Graduate from Colby College

WATERVILLE, ME (07/01/2014)(readMedia)– Area residents were among 472 seniors who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, on May 25, receiving bachelor of arts degrees at the College’s 193rd Commencement. As guest speaker, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke about the importance of presence in a rapidly changing world. “Human intimacy,” he said, “still depends on looking someone in the eye, touching them, actively listening, being present.” Colby President William D. Adams, presiding over his last commencement before stepping down June 30, handed a diploma to each of the graduates.

Emily R. Arsenault of Branford is the daughter of Laura Arsenault of Branford, Conn. and Alan Arsenault of Niantic, Conn., and majored in biology with a concentration in ecology and evolution and environmental studies with a science concentration.

Alison E. Smith of Gales Ferry is the daughter of James Smith of Gales Ferry, Conn. and Elizabeth Hammack of Lugoff, S.C., and majored in biology with a concentration in cell and molecular biology/biochemistry.

Founded in 1813, Colby College is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation. Colby provides a rigorous academic program that fosters transformational relationships between students and faculty. Graduates emerge as leaders ready to make an impact on their world. Colby is committed to making the full experience accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their ability to pay. The College enrolls 1,825 students.

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