In an outdoor ceremony May 27, 482 degrees were awarded to members of Colby's Class of 2018 at the College's 197th Commencement. U.S. Senator Susan Collins told the graduates to choose respect for civil discourse over divisiveness. Colby President David A. Greene handed a diploma to each of the graduates.
Senator Susan Collins spoke to a crowd of more than 3,000 and decried the "era of ever-worsening divisiveness" that threatens the sense of community that has characterized our country.
Within Congress, the 24-hour news cycle, and social media, "hyper-partisanship, insult, intolerance, and accusation are poisoning our discourse, turning us against one another, and preventing us from coming together to solve problems," she said.
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. Colby's innovative and ambitious campaign, Dare Northward, will support deeper connections between the College and the world and a fully inclusive experience for all Colby students. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from more than 80 countries. Its Waterville, Maine, location provides unique access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.