Sterling College welcomes Dr. John Silber, President Emeritus of Boston University in Boston, Mass., to the 116th annual Commencement ceremonies which will be held Saturday, April 26. Dr. Silber will deliver the Commencement address to the 2008 graduates. Exercises are scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. on the East Lawn outside Cooper Hall.
John Silber was born in San Antonio in 1926. He received his B.A. summa cum laude in philosophy at Trinity University in 1947. While at Trinity University, Dr. Silber also studied fine arts under Drs. Pompeo Coppini and Waldine Tauch and in 1947 was awarded the Coppini Gold Medal for Painting in Oils. He received his M.A. in 1952 and his Ph.D. in 1956 at Yale. After teaching at Yale he returned to Texas, where he joined the department of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He served as chairman of his department and then Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He was the first chairman of the Texas Society to Abolish Capital Punishment and a leader in the integration of the University of Texas. He was also instrumental in founding Operation Head Start.
In January 1971 John Silber became the seventh president of Boston University; in 1996 he was named chancellor and in 2003 became President Emeritus. Silber's innovative program under w