WATERVILLE, ME -Ryan A. Weeks of Framingham, was one of 504 seniors who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, May 22, receiving a bachelor of arts degree at the College’s 195th Commencement.
Internet pioneer and author Arianna Huffington was the guest speaker.
Weeks, who majored in chemistry: biochemistry and mathematical sciences, attended Framingham High School and is the son of David and Deborah Weeks of Framingham.
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 and serving only undergraduates, Colby offers 57 majors and is home to 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe.