• SAN MARINO – Christine
    E. Shu of San Marino was one of 509 seniors who graduated from Colby College
    May 24, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree at the outdoor commencement in
    Waterville, Maine. For many notable reasons, Shu stood out from the crowd,
    being a member of the Dean’s List, Phi Beta Kappa and earning Summa Cum Laude

    this spring, Shu was among 58 Colby seniors inducted into Phil Beta Kappa, the
    nation’s oldest national academic honor society. Shu also was named to the
    Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement during the spring 2009

    Greg Mortenson, coauthor of the bestseller
    “Three Cups of Tea”, was the commencement speaker and emphasized the
    role of education in solving problems in Central Asia, where he works. Senior
    class speaker Qiamuddin Amiry, who came to Colby from Afghanistan, urged his
    classmates to use their education to “provide a spark” to those less
    fortunate. Colby President William D. Adams handed a diploma to Shu and each of
    the graduates.

    Shu is the daughter of Jia Shu and Sally Newman of
    San Marino.

    Mortenson, who has created approximately 80 schools,
    mostly for girls, through the nonprofit Central Asia Institute, encouraged
    graduates to make the most of failures. In Afghanistan, he said, “There’s
    a very beautiful Persian proverb that says, ‘When it is dark, you can see the
    stars.’ I think that’s a good thing to hold onto.”

    Though the Taliban has destroyed more than 800
    schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the last two years, Morenson said that
    since 2000 the number of children being educated in Afghanistan has grown from
    800,000 to 7.6 million. Calling it the greatest increase in enrollment in any
    country in modern history, he said, “That’s the candle, that’s the light
    of hope for a country like Afghanistan.”

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