“Going forward there is no safe path, only higher and higher altitudes that will need to be scaled, on a planet that looks more mountainous every day,” she said. “If any college graduates today can lead change, speak clearly about social problems and opportunities, and set shared and aspirational goals for the future, I imagine it is you, and I charge you to reflect and engage, to be surprised and plan, to cherish, grow and use your powers with courage and generosity.”

(L-R) Dr. Elaine Tuttle Hansen; Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr.; Dr. Beverly Daniel TatumHansen was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters at Morehouse College’s 128th commencement on May 20, 2012 at the school’s Atlanta campus. She was lauded by Morehouse President Robert M. Franklin for her tireless support of academically gifted students and for devoting her career to the education of bright young minds and the pursuit of academic excellence.

Prior to her arrival at CTY in 2011, Hansen spent 30-plus years as a college professor and provost. For the last nine years she served as president of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.