Commencement 2009
Honorary Degrees

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.


Melvyn Klein ’63 is an entrepreneur, attorney, philanthropist, and writer. After graduating from Colgate, he went to Columbia Law School before embarking on a successful career with Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and founding GKH Partners, an investment company. President Ronald Reagan appointed Klein to the Grace Commission, which investigated waste and inefficiency in the Federal government. Klein has been a guest columnist for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times for many years, writing about entrepreneurship.


Lonnie Thompson and his wife Ellen Mosley-Thompson are among the world’s leading researchers on climate change. Ellen Mosley-Thompson is Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Geography at The Ohio State University. Lonnie Thompson is Distinguished University Professor in Ohio State’s School of Earth Sciences. Working individually and as a team, they have helped reconstruct the Earth’s climate history and document the effects of global warming.