Greenwich Students Graduate from Colby College. Arianna Huffington was Commencement Speaker

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 7.26.57 AMGreenwich residents were among 504 seniors who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, on May 22.

The students received bachelor of arts degrees at the College’s 195th Commencement. Arianna Huffington, the co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, was the commencement speaker.

  • Lucy M. Hadley, who attended Greenwich Academy, majored in English.
  • Martha K. Holland, who Greenwich High School, and majored in biology.
  • Olivia C. Pearson, who attended Greenwich High School, majored in biology and German studies.

In front of a crowd numbering in the thousands, Huffington spoke about the need to unplug and get some rest, urging graduates to connect with others personally – not electronically – and change the culture and language around work and sleep.

“Frankly, it’s a chaotic world,” Huffington said. “We take much better care of our smartphones than we do of ourselves.” The author of a bestselling book about sleep deprivation, Huffington said that the multitude of devices and overload of information in people’s lives have resulted in stress and sleep problems.

Colby President David A. Greene, handed a diploma to each of the graduates.

Founded in 1813, Colby is located in Waterville, Maine. Students choose among 57 majors or develop their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 students from around the globe.


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