Press Release

Area residents graduate from Colby College

WATERVILLE, Maine — Area residents were among 465 seniors who graduated from Colby College May 20, receiving a bachelor of arts degree at the outdoor commencement in Waterville.

As commencement speaker, former British prime minister Tony Blair urged members of the Class of 2012 to continue learning with humility, to maintain an open mind, and to serve others. “Never stop learning. Carry on. And have the humility always to know that you can learn more,” he said.

“Successful people are not defined by a restless search for fame and fortune but by an insatiable desire to be better and an infinite curiosity as to how. They’re perpetual voyagers on the journey of self-improvement.”

Colby President William D. Adams handed a diploma to each of the graduates. For digital images of graduates, please e-mail

Karyn R. King of Caribou, the daughter of Gena King of Caribou, Maine, majored in biology with a neuroscience concentration and is a graduate of Caribou High School.

Neal C. LaFrance of Brooklin, the son of Valerie Chiasson of Bangor, Maine, majored in anthropology and is a graduate of John Bapst Memorial High School.

Corey L. Park of Presque Isle, the son of James and Jan Park of Presque Isle, Maine, majored in biology and is a graduate of Presque Isle High School.

Christine J. Reynolds of Hermon, the daughter of Michelle Charloux of Hermon, Maine, majored in biology with a concentration in cell and molecular biology/biochemistry and is a graduate of Hermon High School.

Founded in 1813, Colby College is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation. Colby provides a rigorous academic program that fosters transformational relationships between students and faculty. Graduates emerge as committed leaders ready to make an impact on their world. Colby is committed to making the full experience accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their ability to pay. The college enrolls 1,825 students.


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