Maine Gov. Janet Mills, left, and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, a 1964 graduate of Colby College, are among the speakers this weekend at the college’s commencement ceremonies. Photos provided by Colby College

WATERVILLE — Colby College is set to hold its 203rd commencement Sunday, with presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin delivering the commencement address.

At the baccalaureate Saturday, Gov. Janet Mills is scheduled to address graduates and their families.

Goodwin, a 1964 Colby graduate, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has written seven critically acclaimed and best-selling books chronicling the lives of presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Lyndon Baines Johnson and John F. Kennedy.

Her books have inspired films and miniseries, some of which she executive produced through her independent production company.

Mills, Maine’s first first female attorney general and then its first female governor, and five others are to be awarded honorary degrees.

“This remarkable group of individuals has done so much to improve lives and advance our collective understanding of society, history, culture and humanity,” Colby President David A. Greene said in a statement to the news media. “We are honored to be celebrating their contributions and achievements and know that our graduates and their families will benefit from their distinguished presence on campus.”


The other honorary degree recipients are:

• Ann Beha, award-winning architect.

• Claude Rwaganje, Congolese immigrant and found of ProsperityME.

• Earle Shettleworth Jr., a member of the Colby class of 1970 and Maine state historian, author and architectural historian.

• Dwayne Tomah, Passamaquoddy language keeper and cultural preservationist.

• Susan Unterberg, visual artist and Anonymous Was A Woman founder and funder.


The commencement ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Sunday on the Miller Library lawn at the Mayflower Hill campus.

Members of the Colby class of 2024 come from 38 states and 18 countries. Many of them will go on to further education at graduate or professional schools to study medicine, law, education, finance, environmental research or advocacy or embark on a range of careers.

College officials said any notification of a weather-related location change would be posted on the college’s website —

Colby is also planning to post a link for a live video stream for those who cannot attend.

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