Area Residents Graduate from Colby College

More local graduates make us proud...

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.

  • Keith Barnatchez of West Yarmouth who majored in economics-mathematics and mathematical sciences with a concentration in statistics, attended Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School and is the son of Chandler and Kelly Barnatchez of West Yarmouth, Mass.
  • James A. Burlage of Aquinnah who majored in economics with a concentration in financial markets and biology, attended Choate Rosemary Hall and is the son of Matthew and Miki Burlage of Aquinnah, Mass.
  • Monique M. Legault of North Falmouth who majored in psychology, attended Sturgis Charter School and is the daughter of Christopher Legault and Diane Rielinger Legault of North Falmouth, Mass.
  • Matthew J. Martin of East Sandwich who majored in computer science and government, attended Sandwich High School and is the son of Wesley and Martha Martin of East Sandwich, Mass.
  • Kathleen F. Mason of Barnstable who majored in environmental science, attended Pope John Paul II High School and is the daughter of David and Colleen Mason of Barnstable, Mass.
  • Bryan C. McAdams of Providence who majored in government, attended Moses Brown School and is the son of Doris Costello of Providence, R.I., and Timothy McAdams of Cotuit, Mass.

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. 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