|June 02, 2007
Comedian Stephen Colbert delivered the Commencement address at Knox College on Saturday, June 3, 2006. As is tradition, Colbert was awarded an honorary degree. Colbert hosts his own show on Comedy Central network, The Colbert Report, which spoofs pretentious, personality-driven political commentary programs.
Also receiving honorary degrees at Commencement were Shirley E. Barnes, Career Foreign Service Officer, U.S. State Department; Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Wikipedia Foundation; and Diane Smatlak Rosenberg '63, outgoing chair of the Knox College Board of Trustees. The senior class speaker was Brent Jacob Aronowitz.
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Other Commencement Transcripts
Senior Speaker Brent Jacob Aronowitz's Remarks
Presentation of Doctor of Fine Arts to Stephen Colbert
Presented by Francis McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology
Presentation of Doctor of Laws to Hon. Shirley E. Barnes
Presented by Carol J. Chase, Professor of Modern Languages
Presentation of Doctor of Laws to Jimmy Wales
Presented by R. Lance Factor, George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy
Presentation of Doctor of Humane Letters to Diane Rosenberg
Presented by Lawrence B. Breitborde, Dean of the College and Professor of Anthropology
Colbert's Report to Knox: Improvise!
More about the 2006 honorary degree recipients