2007 Commencement Speeches
Video, Audio, and Transcripts of Commencement Address by President Bill Clinton and Other Commencement Speakers
June 02, 2007
Former United States President Bill Clinton delivered the Commencement address at Knox College on Saturday, June 2, 2007. As is tradition, President Clinton was awarded an honorary degree. The only other U.S. President to receive an honorary degree from Knox College was Abraham Lincoln, who was honored in 1860 prior to taking office.
Also receiving honorary degrees at Commencement were Janet McKinley, Board Chair of Oxfam America, a non-profit organization working to end global poverty, and Douglas Wilson, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College and one of the nation's leading Lincoln scholars. The senior class speaker was Benjamin Jacob Hollars.
To experience President Clinton's full address, please choose from the following options:
Senior Class Speaker
To experience Benjamin Jacob Hollars' full address, please choose from the following options:
Conferring of Honorary Degrees
To experience the presentation of Honorary Degrees to Janet McKinley, Douglas Wilson, and President Bill Clinton, please choose from the following options:
Read: Transcript of Presentation of Doctor of Humane Letters to Janet McKinley
Presented by Amy Singer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Sociology
Read: Transcript of Presentation of Doctor of Letters to Douglas Lawson Wilson
Presented by Rodney O. Davis, Szold Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History
Read: Transcript of Presentation of Doctor of Humane Letters to William Jefferson Clinton
Presented by R. Lance Factor, George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy