James Risen. Relentless reporter, advocate for truth. Your tenacious pursuit of facts serves the publics’ right to know, and your skepticism of unverified claims sets an example for journalists and scholars alike. Your ability to uncover the truth has earned you respect as a reporter, and your principled resistance to government pressure has inspired widespread support from defenders of the First Amendment. Your persistence, even in the face of threats and criticism, evokes the spirit of Elijah Parish Lovejoy.

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 5, 2014