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Commencement Speaker Hazel Henderson to Demonstrate Wilson's Mission of Liberal Arts

Byline: Xiaomeng Li

Posted: April 4, 2011

Recently Wilson publicized this year's Commencement Speaker at the All-College Forum. Hazel Henderson, a world-renowned author, television producer and economic futurist, will earn an honorary degree and give the commencement speech. Henderson's lengthy career in media Henderson, who is now 76-years-old, is the founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC and the creator and co-executive producer of its TV series, according to her website.

Henderson's lengthy career in media

Henderson, who is now 76-years-old, is the founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC and the creator and co-executive producer of its TV series, according to her website. She is also an author, independent economic futurist and worldwide syndicated columnist. Her editorials appear in 27 languages and in 200 newspapers syndicated by publications all over the world. She advocates equitable ecology, sustainable human development, and socially responsible business and investment.

"Henderson is the proof of the mission of liberal arts education," says Robin Herring, Assist. to the V.P. of Academic Affairs, "She is a well-rounded individual and in tune with liberal arts. She can tell the students that the sky is the limit. You can do anything you want to do if you try."

Henderson's career focuses on a wide range of domains, but her expertise in television production concerning global economics and sustainability are of particular interest to the college. Herring says that, "Henderson's knowledge of political theory, global economy, sustainability, as well as writing will definitely be inspiring for students to think in a global type of way."

Choosing a Wilson Commencement speaker

Herring explains the process of selecting the honorary degree recipients. First of all, the campus community nominates candidates. Second, the honorary degree committee, which consists of staff, faculty and Mary Hendrickson, Dean of Academic Affairs, reviews the nominations and brings them to the college President. The President brings candidates for the Board of Trustees to review and approve. Finally, the college President meets with the senior class president to select the final recipients.

Alaina Hofer ‘11, president of Class of 2011, says, "What we can expect from Hazel Henderson is a rousing speech that depicts her love of activism as well as engaging within the Wilson tradition. I also think the students will learn how dedicated she is to her cause and how Wilson women are just as dedicated to what they believe in."

Honorary degrees awarded

There will be two recipients of an honorary degree this year at commencement. In addition to Henderson, Rev. Jim Brown, a former member of the Wilson Board of Trustees, will also receive a degree. This year's commencement weekend is from Fri, May 20 to Sun, May 22. As usual, it will include events such as the senior bash, senior class garden party and passing of colors and the daisy chain.

Last Updated: September 21, 2011

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