Brown University announces: Chris Geggie ’08 will be the Graduate Student Orator at its 244th commencement May 27. The title of his speech will be “Nothing Without Great Labor.” He was selected by the Graduate Student Council’s nominations committee to deliver the address. Chris will receive the Master of Arts in Classics.
Chris received a Bachelor of Arts in both Latin and ancient Greek from Wabash, and at Brown he has studied ancient bilingualism and Athenian political propaganda. His thesis explored myths as conceptual metaphors in fifth-century B.C. Athenian funeral orations for the war dead. An active member of the Graduate Student Council, he served as vice president for administration among other roles. He served on the University’s Public Safety Oversight Committee as well as the Campus Life Advisory Board’s Subcommittee on Alcohol and Other Drugs.
Chris graduated magna cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa and valedictorian) with a B.A. in Latin and Greek (and a minor in English and the Classics) from Wabash, and received several scholarships for original and creative work in the humanities. He did scholarly research in England, Germany, Italy, and Turkey. After completing a Teach for America training program in Secondary English and Foreign Language instruction, Chris taught English and Latin in high schools in Los Angeles and Indianapolis, and at Wabash he tutored all levels of Latin and Greek.