Area residents were among 465 seniors who graduated from Colby College May 20, receiving a bachelor of arts degree at the outdoor commencement in Waterville.

As commencement speaker, former British prime minister Tony Blair urged members of the class of 2012 to continue learning with humility, to maintain an open mind, and to serve others. “Never stop learning. Carry on. And have the humility always to know that you can learn more,” he said.

“Successful people are not defined by a restless search for fame and fortune, but by an insatiable desire to be better and an infinite curiosity as to how. They’re perpetual voyagers on the journey of self-improvement.”

Colby President William D. Adams handed a diploma to each of the graduates. For digital images of graduates, e-mail

Samuel R. Helm of Palermo, the son of Jonathan and Anne Helm, majored in psychology with a neuroscience concentration and is a graduate of Erskine Academy.

Autumn G. Smith of Jackson, the son of Michael and Cynthia Smith, majored in biology with a concentration in environmental science and studio art and is a graduate of Mount View High School.

Ryan D. Trafton of Frankfort, the son of Steven Oleksyk, majored in psychology and is a graduate of John Bapst Memorial High School.

Jilian A. Vaughan of Wareham, Mass., the daughter of William Vaughan of Searsport, majored in classics and classical civilization and is a graduate of Tabor Academy.