Commencement Speaker 2024

David Brooks headshotDavid Brooks  is a columnist for T he New York Times and a contributor to The Atlantic. He is a commentator on “The PBS Newshour" and founder and Chair of Weave: The Social Fabric Project

His forthcoming book “How To Know A Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen” will be published in October. His previous three books were “The Second Mountain,” “The Road to Character,” and “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement,” all #1 New York Times bestsellers.

Mr. Brooks has taught at Yale and Duke and now teaches at the University of Chicago. He has received over 30 honorary degrees from American universities and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Follow him on Twitter @nytdavidbrooks


Baccalaureate Speaker

Reverend Timothy Kimbrough headshotThe Very Reverend Timothy E. Kimbrough, the Professor of the Practice of Anglican Studies, at Duke University, and the Director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at the Duke University Divinity School, is a priest of the Episcopal Church who has served congregations in NC, SC, NJ, and TN most recently as Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, TN, (2009-2013).  He is a graduate of Duke University (B.A. 1979) and its Divinity School (M.Div., 1983) and has done graduate work at General Theological Seminary in New York City (1984).  His deep and abiding love of God in Christ as expressed in Christian Worship and song has infused his work in the parish, in the mission field, in the devotional life of the congregations he has served, and the writings he has offered for publication.

While in school at Duke University he studied musical composition with Robert Ward, the then composer-in-residence. At the General Theological Seminary (NYC) he continued his studies in composition with David Hurd.   On the occasion of the bi-centennial of Methodism in North American he accompanied his father, S T Kimbrough, Jr., in a performance of Sweet Singer (musical on the life of Charles Wesley).

His work in the mission field and on stage has taken him around the globe serving churches, conferences, and performance venues in South Africa, Uganda, Haiti, Bolivia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Norway

Abingdon Press has published his English translation of a German volume which treats Charles Wesley's theology,  Theology in Hymns? by Teresa Berger. His musical compositions have been published in The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), Psalms for Praise and Worship (Abingdon), Sweet Singer (Hinshaw), and in the following GBGMusik songbooks on companion CDs: Global Praise 1, Global Praise 2, and  Global Praise 3, Songs for the Poor, Songs for the World: Hymns of Charles Wesley, and Songs of Love and Praise: Hymns of John Wesley.

Professor Kimbrough is married to Darlene Detomo Kimbrough. Together they have raised four children:  Joshua, Caleb (Head coach of the HSC basketball team!), Otis, and Hannah; and are helping to love and bless five grandchildren:  Simon, Nash, Enoch, Rae O’Grady, and Nathaniel.