The Reverend Peter J. Gomes, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in Harvard University’s Memorial Church, will be the commencement speaker at Colby College in Maine on May 27, President William D. Adams announced. Gomes is regarded as one of America’s most distinguished preachers.
Gomes graduated from Bates College and earned an S.T.B. degree at Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of seven volumes of sermons, including the national best sellers The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart and Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living. In 1999 he was included in an article titled “The Best Talkers in America: Fifty Big Mouths We Hope Will Never Shut Up” in the premiere issue of Talk magazine.
He has preached and lectured throughout the United States and the British Isles, and in England in 2000 he delivered the University Sermon at The University of Cambridge and the Millennial Sermon at Canterbury Cathedral. He participated in the inaugurations of presidents Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush and was named Clergy of the Year in 1998 by Religion in American Life.
He holds 13 honorary degrees and is an honorary fellow of Emmanuel College at Cambridge University. He is former acting director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard and past president of The Signet Society, Harvard’s oldest literary society. He has been a trustee of Bates and Wellesley colleges, The Public Broadcasting Service, the Plimoth Plantation and the Pilgrim Society of Plymouth, Massachusetts.
At commencement honorary degrees will be presented to Gomes; Gerald Dorros, M.D., cardiologist and president of the Arizona Heart Institute & Foundation; Robert H. Edwards, outgoing president of Bowdoin College; and Linda Greenlaw, swordboat captain, author and 1983 Colby graduate. The public is invited to commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. on May 27 on the lawn of Miller Library.
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