Four locals graduate from Colby College

More locals make their hometowns proud

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.

  • Harry W. Hill, who majored in economics, attended Greenwich High School Bella and is the son/daughter of Lawrence Hill of Stamford, Conn., and Cathy Garfinkle of Vineyard Haven, Mass.
  • John C. Kensinger, who majored in global studies, attended Loyola High School and is the son/daughter of Michelle Harper of Los Angeles, Calif., and Robert Kensinger of Eastham, Mass.
  • Conrad W. Troast, who majored in history, attended Thacher School and is the son/daughter of William and Criss Troast of Nantucket, Mass.
  • Braden E. Wilson, who majored in global studies, attended Nauset Regional High School and is the son/daughter of Edward and Judith Wilson of Brewster, Mass.

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. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on