Local students graduate from Bates College

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LEWISTON — Local students graduated from Bates College at the school’s 149th commencement ceremony on May 31.

Readfield native, Emily Clark, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Clark of Readfield graduated summa cum laude after majoring in physics at Bates. She is a 2011 graduate of the Maranacook Community School. In her first year at Bates, Clark received the Charles A. Dana Award, the highest academic honor first-year students receive at the college. She graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts honor society and Sigma Xi, a national honor society that recognizes excellence in scientific research.

Carrabassett Valley native, Peter Cole, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey B. Cole of Carrabassett Valley, graduated after majoring in physics at Bates. He is a 2010 graduate of Carrabassett Valley Academy.

Hanover native, Matthew Duka, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Duka of Hanover, graduated after majoring in rhetoric at Bates. He is a 2010 graduate of Mountain Valley High School.

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Topsham native, Colby Gail, the daughter of Dr. Aubrey C. Gail and Ms. Elizabeth E. Baldwin of Topsham, graduated after majoring in rhetoric and American cultural studies at Bates. She is a 2011 graduate of Mt. Ararat High School.

Lewiston native, Mekae Hyde, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Hyde of Lewiston, graduated after majoring in politics at Bates. He is a 2011 graduate of Lewiston High School.

Rumford native, Cam Kaubris, the son of Mr. Matthew J. Kaubris and Ms. Pamela A. McInnis-Kaubris of Rumford, graduated after majoring in economics at Bates. He is a 2011 graduate of Mountain Valley High School.

Rumford native, Erin Milligan, the daughter of Sherry M. Milligan of Rumford and Mr. Michael P. Milligan of Hudson, Ohio, graduated after majoring in economics at Bates. She is a 2011 graduate of Mountain Valley High School.

Lewiston native, Asha Mohamud, the daughter of Mr. Hassan M. Adan and Ms. Qamar A. Bashir of Lewiston, graduated after majoring in biology at Bates. She is a 2011 graduate of Lewiston High School. She graduated as a member of the College Key, an honor reserved for Bates students who have exhibited outstanding character, academic excellence, campus and community service, leadership and future promise.

Poland Spring native, Allaina Murphy, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Murphy of Poland Spring, graduated after majoring in politics at Bates. She is a 2011 graduate of Saint Dominic Academy.

Lewiston native, Alex Parker, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Parker of Lewiston, graduated after majoring in politics at Bates. He is a 2011 graduate of Saint Dominic Academy.

Topsham native, Regan Radulski, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Radulski of Topsham, graduated after majoring in dance at Bates. She is a 2011 graduate of Mt. Ararat High School.

Carrabassett Valley native, Graham Safford, the son of Lori L. Safford of Carrabassett Valley, graduated after majoring in religious studies at Bates. He is a 2011 graduate of Hampden Academy.

Bates College graduated 484 students from 32 states and 37 countries. Cumulatively, the Class of 2015 performed 80,000 hours of community service, exemplifying Bates’ commitment to community learning and civic action.

Manjul Bhargava, winner of the 2014 Fields Medal for mathematics and a professor at Princeton University, delivered the address at Bates’ 149th commencement ceremony. In his speech, Bhargava celebrated the liberal arts education through an exploration of his own fascination with the unities among music, poetry, and math. Above all, he told graduates, “Keep learning about other disciplines. And don’t just appreciate the connections between different realms of human endeavor that you find but actively look for them – because they’re definitely out there.” He was joined by fellow honorands Mark Abelson, Thomas Moser and Joan Benoit Samuelson.

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