Five Locals Earn Degrees from Colby College

More local graduates look to the future...

WATERVILLE, ME - In an outdoor ceremony May 26, 462 degrees were awarded to members of Colby's Class of 2019 at the College's 198th Commencement. Award-winning television writer David E. Kelley told graduates to reject a career that is "not so terrible" and instead pursue what will make them truly fulfilled. Colby President David A. Greene handed a diploma to each of the graduates.

  • Katherine M. Blauer, of Yarmouth Port (02675), who majored in government and Russian language and culture, attended Milton Academy and is the daughter of David and Caroline Blauer of Yarmouth Port, Mass.
  • Louis J. DeVesto, of Cotuit (02635), who majored in music-interdisciplinary computation, attended Cape Cod Academy and is the son of Thomas DeVesto and Angela Hahn of Cotuit, Mass.
  • Eli T. Hanschka, of Vineyard Haven (02568), who majored in geoscience and environmental science, attended Marthas Vineyard Regional HS and is the son of Thomas Hanschka and Nancy Tutko of Vineyard Haven, Mass.
  • Colton A. Leach, of Orleans (02653), who majored in economics-mathematics, attended Nauset Regional High School and is the son of Paul and Marcie Leach of Orleans, Mass.
  • Grant A. Santos, of Vineyard Haven (02568), who majored in global studies, attended Marthas Vineyard Regional High School and is the son of George and Marion Santos of Vineyard Haven, Mass.

David E. Kelley, creator of popular and critically acclaimed shows from Ally McBeal to Big Little Lies, spoke to a crowd of more than 3,000 and urged Colby College graduates to reject a career that is "not so terrible" and instead pursue what will make them truly fulfilled.

Acknowledging that his advice might seem banal, he urged students to do what gives them joy. "Cling to the [inner] scream," Kelley said. "Keep it in there because so many, after failing to get what they want, decide the easier route is just to invalidate the want and pretend it was never a goal to begin with, and you become a little more deadened inside."

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. 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.


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