Honorary Degree Citation

Conferred October 16, 2005

Cynthia Tucker, the clarity and honesty of your voice, in editorials and syndicated columns that are read by millions, ring out above less inspired and often uncivil commentary permeating American news media in the twenty-first century. In the tradition of informed and conscientious editorial writing, your incisive analysis leads to fresh and unexpected insights. You fulfill the journalist's honorable roles of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. Because you tell it as it is, no matter whose ego may be bruised, you earned the description "equal-opportunity critic," and you may wear it with pride. Your courage to righteously pursue inflammatory issues and to speak the truth at the risk of public and official disapproval makes you an heir of Elijah Parish Lovejoy. Colby is proud to add your name to the list of distinguished journalists who have, in word and deed, upheld the ideals for which we revere Lovejoy.

By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College, I confer upon you, Cynthia Tucker, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. The hood, with which you have been invested, and this diploma, which I place in your hand, are visible symbols of your membership in this society of scholars, to all the rights and privileges of which I declare you entitled.