Commencement 2007
Honorary Degrees

Bob Woodruff ’83, former co-anchor of ABC News’s World News Tonight program, and his wife, journalist Lee McConaughy Woodruff ’82, will together deliver the keynote address at Colgate’s commencement.


David Ellenson, president and I.H. and Anna Grancell professor of Jewish religious thought at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will deliver the sermon during the morning’s baccalaureate service.

Raymond Cross, Raymond Cross is the president of Morrisville State College, a SUNY Agricultural and Technical College. Previously president and CEO of Northwest Technical College in Minnesota and head of the Engineering Technologies Department at Ferris State University in Michigan, he has worked for and consulted extensively with the auto industry.

At Morrisville, Cross has promoted entrepreneurship in rural communities through the school’s Nelson Farms — a one-stop facility for small-scale food processors, farmers, growers, and producers — and advocated the use of New York agricultural feedstocks to develop biofuels. He was born and raised on a small dairy farm in Michigan and received his doctorate from Michigan State, a master’s degree from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree Ferris State.


Carrie Mae Weems, is an award-winning photographer. A native of Portland, Ore., Weems earned a bachelor of fine arts from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, in 1981, and a master of fine arts from the University of California, San Diego, in 1984. She also pursued graduate studies in folklore at the University of California at Berkeley, and in 1999 was presented with an honorary doctorate from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland.

Weems has taught extensively at colleges throughout the country — including Syracuse University in 2005 — and her work has been commissioned by numerous organizations, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Chicago Public Library, the 47th Venice Biennale, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Honors include The Alpert Award for Visual Arts (1996), Visual Arts Fellowship (National Endowment for the Arts / 1994), Photographer of the Year (Friends of Photography / 1994).


John Golden, is the founder of John A. Golden Associates, a New York City-based financial advisory firm and investor in private and public companies. He is a retired general partner of Goldman Sachs & Co, the investment banking firm, where he was a leader in its mergers and acquisition advisory business for two decades. He graduated from Colgate in 1966, and then received his law degree from Columbia University in 1969.

In addition to serving as the chair of Colgate’s Board of Trustees, Golden is a member of the Board of Visitors and the Dean’s Council of Columbia Law School, the Board of Governors of HUC-JIR, and the Board of Directors of the Michael Wolk Heart Foundation.