BANGOR- It’s that time of year when college seniors say goodbye to life as a student and enter the real world.
“It’s been a journey. It’s been really exciting, this is a really exciting time, but also a little bit bittersweet. Leaving a place I’ve grown up so much at,” said Anna Rabasco, a Colby College graduate.
Colby College celebrated it’s 194th commencement Sunday morning, and the students had a full mix of emotions.
“I had a great four years here and i really enjoyed it, but i think I’m ready to get going to something else,” said Jimmy O’Leary, a Colby College graduate.
After hearing from the schools president and a fellow student, the students were offered advice on moving forward from Academy Award winner and founder of the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford. In his speech, Redford expressed the importance of teachers and how pivotal it is that young people collaborate and make change.
“It felt like a grandfather giving wise old advice, which was great. I really liked it, I think it was really important,” said O’Leary.
“I really liked what he talked about in terms of teachers, those being very important parts of our lives. So I think for me that’s been a really huge part of my experience here, having mentors and professors who have just guided me,” said Rabasco.
Even though the day was bittersweet for many students, there was one thing that they all seemed very sure of.
“A huge thank you to all the faculty who works so hard,” said O’Leary.
“Thank you so much for everything,” said Rabasco.