2020 Commencement Speaker:
Susan Wise Bauer
May 31 | 3:00-4:30pm

Susan Wise Bauer is a writer and historian. Her most recent project is Rethinking School from W. W. Norton, a guide to taking charge of your child’s education. She’s also the author of an ongoing narrative world history series for Norton: the first three published volumes are The History of the Ancient World, The History of the Medieval World, and The History of the Renaissance World, and the series will conclude with two more volumes covering early modern and modern times. Other works include The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, a guide to reading the classic works of fiction, poetry, history, autobiography, and drama; The History of Western Science; and with her mother Jessie Wise, The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home.

Through her educational publishing company, Well-Trained Mind Press, Susan has also published a four-volume world history series for children, The Story of the World; the expository writing series Writing With Ease and Writing With Skill; and the complete grammar program Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind.

Susan's parents taught her at home for most of elementary and middle school, and all of high school. She earned her B.A. in English (with a minor in Greek) and went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, an M.A. in English language and literature at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and her Ph.D. in American Studies, with a major field in the history of American religion. She taught composition and literature at the College of William and Mary for over fifteen years.

Currently, Susan writes, reads, lectures and consults, trains draft horses, raises heritage sheep and goats, and cooks. She also runs the family farm. She has been married to Peter since 1990. They have four grown children, one child-in-law, and one grandchild.

"And this name, Wilberforce, for us and for this community stands as a point of pride and identity. To us, Wilberforce has increasingly come to mean living boldly and unashamedly."
Clara Whitman

Commencement Speaker:
Professor John Rose teaches at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. He is also Associate Director of the Arete Initiative, which sponsors scholarship and learning opportunities focused on recovering and sustaining the virtues in contemporary life, especially within workplace, university, and public square. John's research concerns virtue ethics and Christian theology. John also serves on the summer faculty at Princeton’s Witherspoon Institute. Originally from Iowa, John holds a BA in religion from Wabash College, an MTS from Duke Divinity School, and a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. During his last year at Princeton, John taught Humane Letters at The Wilberforce School.We are delighted to have Professor Rose return to speak for our 2019 Commencement.

Valedictorian Address: Clara Whitman

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