Parker J. Palmer to Serve as Naropa’s 2015 Commencement Speaker

Boulder, CO, April 14, 2015 - Naropa University today announced that Parker J. Palmer, a world-renowned author and activist known for his work in education and social change, will serve as Naropa’s Commencement speaker. Palmer’s graduation speech, “Living From the Inside Out,” will include teachable moments from Parker’s extraordinary career. Naropa’s graduation will be held at Macky Auditorium in Boulder, Colorado, on May 10th, beginning at 1pm MST.

Recognized as the national leader in contemplative education, Naropa University will confer degrees to more than 300 graduate and undergraduate students. Naropa's 2015 graduating class will receive BA, BFA, MA, MFA, and MDiv degrees in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies, among others. The ceremony will also formally conclude Naropa’s 40th Anniversary celebrations. The full schedule of events is available at

“Parker Palmer has remarked that our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic selves, regardless of whether it conforms to some image of who we ought to be,” said Naropa University President Charles G. Lief. “It’s a fitting message for graduates around the country, and Naropa is so pleased to have Parker share his lessons.”

Parker J. Palmer, Founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal, is a world-renowned writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as eleven honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, and numerous other awards, including the William Rainey Harper Award (whose previous recipients include Margaret Mead and Elie Wiesel). Parker is the author of nine books, including several best-selling and award-winning titles.

About Naropa University: Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies and traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.