WATERVILLE, Maine - Katarina C. McDonald of Londonderry was one of 472 seniors who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, on May 25, receiving a bachelor of arts degree at the College's 193rd Commencement. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was the guest speaker. McDonald, the daughter of Daniel and Penelope McDonald of Londonderry, Vt., majored in history.

Governor Patrick spoke about the importance of presence in a rapidly changing world. "Human intimacy," he said, "still depends on looking someone in the eye, touching them, actively listening, being present." "Sometime today," he told the Class of 2014, "put your tablet or your smartphone aside, look your mom and dad in the eye, and tell them you love them." He urged them to connect in a similar way with friends, professors, and people they've just met. Human connection, he said, is key to the creation of community, which is in turn essential for engaged citizenship.

Colby President William D. Adams, presiding over his last commencement before stepping down June 30, handed a diploma to each of the graduates.

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 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.


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The College enrolls 1,825 students.