Reverend Elizabeth “Liz” Walker Citation - Commencement 2015

May 17, 2015


Reverend Elizabeth “Liz” Walker, M.Div. – Doctor of Humane Letters

You are an award-winning television journalist, independent film producer, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and ordained minister. Throughout your career, you have inspired trust and respect through honesty, integrity, and faith.

As a journalist, you worked your way from your first job as director of public affairs for KATV in your hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, criss-crossing the country until you found your home in Boston. You were the first black/African-American woman to co-anchor a Boston newscast and have always been more than a journalist: you are a household name, universally known as “Liz,” always relied upon for your veracity.

Over the course of your career, you have been honored with two Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and special recognition from the prestigious Gabriel Awards. You share your expertise on the boards of worthy institutions, including Andover Newton Theological School, Tufts Health Foundation, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the regional advisory board of the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund.

A 2005 graduate of Harvard Divinity School and an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, you have chosen to blend your communication skills with your passion for serving the world. Today, you serve as pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Gloria White-Hammond, with whom you founded My Sister’s Keeper, a nonprofit that advocates for women and children in the Sudan, has said of you, “She doesn’t lead with her celebrity; she leads with her humility.”

For your pioneering career in journalism, your passion for promoting human welfare, and your commitment to faith and friends, Stonehill College is proud to bestow upon you, Elizabeth Walker, honoris causa, the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.