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2006 Commencement Speeches
Video, Audio, and Transcripts of Commencement Address by Comedian Stephen Colbert and Other Commencement Speakers
June 02, 2007

President Bill Clinton gives the Knox 2007 Commencement AddressComedian 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.

Commencement Address
To experience Stephen Colbert's full address, please choose from the following options:

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Read: Transcript of Stephen Colbert's remarks

Audio and Video courtesy of Video Media Productions

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

Related Links

Colbert's Report to Knox: Improvise!

More about the 2006 honorary degree recipients


Peter Bailley
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