Greg Mortenson to Speak at 2009 Commencement



Greg Mortenson
Greg Mortenson

Greg Mortenson, subject and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Colby’s 188th Commencement ceremonies, Sunday, May 24, 2009.

The cofounder and executive director of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute and founder of Pennies for Peace, Mortenson has dedicated his life to promoting community-based education and literacy programs, especially for girls, in remote mountainous regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In 1993 Mortenson climbed Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second-highest mountain. After getting lost on the descent, Mortenson met a group of children in a local village writing with sticks in the sand. He vowed to help them build a school.

From that grew a humanitarian campaign. Mortenson has established more than 60 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan that provide education to more than 25,000 children, including 14,000 girls, for whom few education opportunities existed before.

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  • On January 24, 2009, marie cassidy wrote:
    Hello, I am a Nurse who used to work with Greg Mortenson at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, MN, back in the early 1990's. That was before he became famous. He worked with me on 3C Telemetry. He was a very good Nurse and was a joy to know. He is a Sweetheart! I knew he was a good person as soon as he told me about taking care of his Sister with epilepsy. He told me of his dream to climb high mountains and test out high altitude equipment. I lost track of him at that point. Recently, I have seen him on TV, on Sunday Morning, and on the Today show. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. I can't tell you how proud I am of him and his Ministry. God Bless Greg! Marie Cassidy RN, BSN