Eboo Patel, keynote speaker for Goucher's 2016 Commencement
Eboo Patel will receive an honorary degree and deliver the keynote address at Goucher College's 125th Commencement on Friday, May 20, 2016.
A member of President Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships and founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, Patel's work rests on his core belief that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. Patel's faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship all inspire him to lead the movement to build this bridge.
Patel is a sought-after speaker who has shared this vision at the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as other college and university campuses across the country. He has written two books about interfaith cooperation, Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground.
Each year a group of staff, faculty, and students get together to create a list of desirable graduation speakers. This year's themed semester has already brought a wide variety of people to campus to discuss the science, ethics, and practice of mindfulness, and Patel will connect that theme with a new, intentional approach to a multifaith world.