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Commencement 2015 Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients

February 26, 2015

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am pleased to announce that Colorado College alumnus William “Bro” Adams, Ph. D., the chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will give this year’s Commencement address. Adams is former president of Bucknell University and Colby College. He is nationally known as a strong advocate for the humanities and the liberal arts and has a long history of leadership in higher education.

On the recommendation of the Academic Events Committee and with the approval of the Board of Trustees, the college will award honorary degrees to three individuals who have made outstanding contributions in their fields.

  • Bruce McCaw, who attended Colorado College for two years, is an accomplished businessman and generous philanthropist. He is currently co-chair of Talaris Institute, a nonprofit organization with the mission of supporting parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children.
  • Paul Morin is director of the Antarctic Geospatial Information Center at the University of Minnesota. He is regarded by many as one of the top visualization technology developers in the geosciences.
  • Pam Shockley-Zalabak has served as chancellor of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs since 2002. She has been a leader in promoting economic growth and access to higher education in the Pikes Peak region.

Information about this year’s Baccalaureate speaker will be announced at a later date.

I look forward to honoring all of these individuals, along with our graduates, at Commencement on May 18.  

Best regards,

Jill