WOOSTER, Ohio – Grant H. Cornwell, president of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., will receive an honorary degree and address the graduating class at The College of Wooster’s commencement on Monday, May 15. The commencement exercises will begin at 10 a.m. on the south lawn of Kauke Hall, capping a weekend of celebration for the Class of 2017 and their families, friends, faculty, and staff.
Cornwell served as The College of Wooster’s president from 2007 to 2015 and brought a sharpened focus on strategic planning and priorities to the college, which set new records for applications in six of his eight years as president and achieved growing recognition as America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster launched APEX, an integrated program for student academic and career advising, planning and experiential learning, built the Scot Center, a LEED Gold certified athletic and recreation facility, and transformed a 113-year-old school building into a one-of-a-kind student residence hall, Gault Schoolhouse.
Prior to the Wooster presidency, Cornwell was vice president of the university and dean of academic affairs at St. Lawrence University from 2002 to 2007. Nationally recognized for his work in defining liberal learning in a global environment, he serves on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Literacy Advisory Board. Cornwell holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and biology from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree and doctorate in philosophy, both from the University of Chicago.
A full schedule of commencement weekend activities may be found here.