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BALTIMORE May 20, 2012 — Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, challenged the 500 members of the Morehouse College Class of 2012 to not just charge ahead but to take time to reflect, to not only plan, but to plan to be surprised as they embarked on the next chapter of their lives. 

“Going forward there is no safe path, only higher and higher altitudes that will need to be scaled, on a planet that looks more mountainous every day,” she said. “If any college graduates today can lead change, speak clearly about social problems and opportunities, and set shared and aspirational goals for the future, I imagine it is you, and I charge you to reflect and engage, to be surprised and plan, to cherish, grow and use your powers with courage and generosity.”

(L-R) Dr. Elaine Tuttle Hansen; Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr.; Dr. Beverly Daniel TatumHansen was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters at Morehouse College’s 128th commencement on May 20, 2012 at the school’s Atlanta campus. She was lauded by Morehouse President Robert M. Franklin for her tireless support of academically gifted students and for devoting her career to the education of bright young minds and the pursuit of academic excellence.

Prior to her arrival at CTY in 2011, Hansen spent 30-plus years as a college professor and provost. For the last nine years she served as president of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Morehouse College’s president from 1940 to 1967, graduated from Bates College in 1920. A highly respected educator, minister, and scholar, Dr. Mays was a mentor to civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


About The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

A global leader in gifted education since 1979, CTY is focused on identifying academic talent in exceptional K-12 students and supporting their growth with summer and online courses, family programs, services, and resources specifically designed to meet their needs. Education Week called CTY “one of a set of remarkable nonpublic institutions dedicated to the discovery and nurture of the most talented young people for the highest levels of accomplishment.”

Photo cutline: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Dr. Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth received an honorary degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta at the college’s 128th commencement on Sunday. Hansen is pictured here with Morehouse president Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr., and Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College.