Area residents were part of the 478 seniors who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, May 21, receiving a bachelor of arts degree at the college's 196th Commencement. Former Vice President Joe Biden was the guest speaker.
Under a vivid blue sky, Vice President Biden spoke to a crowd of more than 3,000 about the need to help the nation return to basic principles of equality and dignity, and to understand each other's stories to develop a deeper sense of humanity.
"Life can't be lived in this self-referential, self-reinforcing, self-righteous echo chamber we've built for ourselves online," he said. "Living in our screens encourages shallow and antiseptic relationships that make it easy to reduce others to stereotypes."
Colby President David A. Greene handed a diploma to each of the graduates.
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 58 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 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Waterville, Maine, location provides access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.