Marian Wright Edelman, founder and
president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) and one of the nation’s
leading advocates for children, families and disadvantaged Americans, will
deliver the keynote address at Colgate’s 184th commencement exercises on
Sunday, May 15.
J. Bryan Hehir will give the baccalaureate sermon. A well-respected
theologian for his work in ethics and international relations, Hehir serves
as the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the practice of religion and
public life at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the
former president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, and served on the
faculty at Georgetown University and Harvard Divinity School.
Katz, regarded as one of the most important and influential American
artists of the 20th century, is renowned for his paintings and portraits
that express a unique interpretation of modern realism. His flat, graphic
style and large-scale works modernized the tradition of portraiture. Since
the late 1950s, portraits have been the mainstay of Katz’s work - especially
of his wife, Ada, son, Vincent, and a circle of friends composed of artists,
poets, critics and dancers.
Emlyn Griffith ’42 was a member of the New York State Board of Regents
for 23 years and has dedicated much of his career to public service in the
education field. An attorney, he has served in a number of leadership
positions with the state and county bar associations. Griffith, a lifelong
resident of Rome, N.Y., has been an advocate for Colgate for many years,
particularly in encouraging talented local students to attend his alma