A.C. Thompson. Revealer of villainy. Archeologist of truth. Advocate for justice. Your courage in challenging corrupt cops is estimable. Your motivation—to provide a voice for victims and to redress injustice—elevates journalism to a noble calling. Your talents as forensic investigator, cruncher of data, and old-style shoe-leather reporter are formidable. Those abilities, combined with interpersonal skills that coax tips and tales from reticent sources and that foster collaboration in investigative teams, become a weapon for justice. Your stories that brought indictments against murderous police and vigilantes in New Orleans are worthy of laurels, and they form but a part of your dossier—a record certain to grow. Colby is proud to add your name to the list of distinguished journalists who fearlessly have followed Elijah Parish Lovejoy in American journalism.
By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College, I confer upon you, A.C. Thompson, 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 October 27, 2013