Nathaniel Philbrick, a National Book Award winner and bestselling author, will be the commencement speaker at Roger Williams University for the 2015 graduation exercises.
Philbrick is a noted author who has made New England’s early history accessible to academics and lay readers alike, will receive an honorary degree at the university’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16.
``I am delighted to welcome Nat Philbrick, much of whose work is set in the university’s back yard, back to Roger Williams to share in the celebration of our students’ achievements on commencement day,’’ said RWU President Donald Farish. ``Nat’s work brings a broad perspective to American history and explores themes of personal development and leadership set against the exploration of unpredictable frontiers – concepts our graduates will encounter as they embark upon the next chapter of their careers.’’
The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the RWU Bristol campus at the university’s main athletic field.