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Commencement Speakers 2020
It is my great honor and pleasure to announce the speakers for the 2020 Commencement will be Mayor Wellington Webb and the Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley. The virtual ceremony will be held Thursday, June 4th at 10:00 am.
The commencement address will be a public conversation between these two lifelong friends as they speak from their experience into the social justice movements so critical to this moment in history.
Rev. Dr. Thomas V. Wolfe
President & CEO
Iliff School of Theology
Wellington Webb spent 12 years as the mayor of Denver from 1991 to 2003 and continues to be a significant political influence in Colorado and the national Democratic Party. He is the only mayor in U.S. history to serve as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Conference of Democratic Mayors and National Conference of Black Mayors. His leadership as principal of Webb Group International continues to bring together diverse interests in the metro area and build international relationships to create a thriving community for all. He holds a BA and MA in sociology from what is now University of Northern Colorado and has been elected to the Colorado State House, and as Denver City Auditor along with early political appointments. Webb collaborates closely with his wife, former Colorado State Representative Wilma J. Webb.
Gerald Durley is a member of the Iliff President’s Advisory Council and attended high school in Denver with Mayor Webb, where they fondly remember playing basketball together at Manual High School. Dr. Durley earned the doctorate in Urban Education and Psychology from University of Massachusetts, and an M.Div. from Howard University School of Divinity. His leadership has included program management at the U.S. Dept. of Education, Dean of Clark College, and 25 years as the pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta. While serving as pastor, he became a national leader involved in the climate change and environmental justice movement. Rev. Dr. Durley now combines the disciplines of faith and science with the lessons learned as a civil/human rights advocate from the 1960s. He believes that God created a perfect ecologically balanced world for humans to care for, but we are destroying it at an alarming rate. He asserts that for the environment to be saved, the educational, scientific, business, political, and faith communities must seek common solutions.