WATERVILLE, MAINE – Amanda E. Norchi of Natick, was one of 480 seniors who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, May 24, 2020, receiving a bachelor of arts degree.
Norchi, who majored in psychology with a neuroscience concentration, attended Natick High School and is the daughter of Terrence and Heidi Norchi of Natick.
“This was to be the day that we would gather on Miller lawn for your formal commencement exercises and all that they represented in terms of your learning, accomplishments, and growth,” said President David A. Greene, speaking live from Colby’s Lorimer Chapel.
“At Colby,” he said, “you lived in a community where relationships are central to everything we do. The irony that we all recognize is that learning and living through deep, meaningful relationships-the most fulfilling, enlightening way to live-is threatened when this pandemic limits close personal interaction. But this threat will not last.
“The knowledge that we are better together,” he said, “that human connection and the bonds of community are essential to humanity will drive us to eradicate the damaging impact of this virus.”
President Greene also highlighted the class’s scholarly and creative talents, its courage in challenging community norms, its athletic championships, and its engagement with the city of Waterville.
Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby offers a rigorous academic program rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Colby’s innovative and ambitious campaign, Dare Northward, will support deeper connections between the College and the world and a fully inclusive experience for all Colby students. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from more than 65 countries. Its Waterville, Maine, location provides unique access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.