Tony Blair
Tony Blair
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will deliver the commencement address at Colby College's 191st Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 20.

Blair served as prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 to June 2007. Since leaving Downing Street, he has served as the Quartet representative to the Middle East, representing the United States, the United Nations, Russia and the European Union, working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community's effort to secure peace. He has launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to promote respect and understanding between the major religions and to make the case for faith as a force for good in the modern world.

"Colby is honored that Tony Blair will address the Class of 2012," said Colby's president, William D. Adams, in a release announcing this year's commencement speaker. "The issues to which he has dedicated his life are on the forefront of our students' minds, especially as they enter their own professional lives. I know that his address, and his presence on our campus, will be a potent reminder for the graduates of the impact one dedicated person can have on

the world."

Founded in 1813, Colby is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation. The college enrolls 1,825 students.

Provided the weather is fair, commencement exercises will be held Sunday, May 20, at 10 a.m. on the mall in front of Miller Library on the Colby campus in Waterville. Space outside is unlimited, open to the public, and tickets will not be needed. However, in the event of inclement weather, the exercises will be held in the Harold Alfond Athletic Center, where the seating capacity is limited (non-ticketed seating will be available in the adjacent field house, where the ceremony can be seen via telecast).