Commencement 2009
Commencement Speaker

Geoffrey Canada, nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform, will deliver the keynote address at Colgate University’s 188th commencement exercises Sunday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. in Sanford Field House.

During the ceremony, Colgate will award Canada a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree.

Canada is the president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), an innovative, pioneering program that helps children succeed in school and life through a holistic system of education, social-service and community-building programs.

His vision and energy have been instrumental in the success of the HCZ and he is working with national leaders to bring the model to other cities. In 2005, US News and World Report named Canada one of “America’s Best Leaders.”


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