Bob Woodward. Investigative reporter. Bestselling author. Determined seeker of truth. Your early work changed both the practice of journalism and the arc of American history. At considerable personal peril, you employed creative investigative tactics to expose corruption, to reveal abuses of power, and to see the bums thrown out. This early success inspired a new generation of reporters who flocked to journalism schools in record numbers, and it stands as the exemplar of the role of a “vigorous, persistent, and free” press, in the words of your late publisher Katharine Graham when she received this award in 1973. In the four decades since Watergate, you have sustained that diligence and quality in your reporting, both in the Washington Post and in more than a dozen bestselling nonfiction books. Colby is proud to add your name to the list of distinguished journalists who fearlessly have followed in the footsteps of Elijah Parish Lovejoy.
By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College, I confer upon you, Bob Woodward, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. The hood we present to you 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.
Conferred November 11, 2012