Perkiomen School News

Larry Jackson '95 announced as 146th Commencement Speaker

Head of School Mark A. Devey announced that Larry Jackson ‘95 will speak at Perkiomen School’s 146th Commencement on May 29, 2021. 

Originally from Philadelphia, Jackson grew up in Pennsburg and began attending Perkiomen in the seventh grade. As a student at Perkiomen, Jackson was active in theater and music, wrestled, and served as Editor of the Palantir, Perkiomen’s literary magazine, as well as Student Body President. 

The first in his family to attend college, after Perkiomen Jackson received a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Skidmore College, and went on to earn Master’s degrees in Liberal Studies and Philosophy and a Doctorate in Philosophy from The New School for Social Research in New York City. 

Currently, Jackson is a Dean and Lecturer at Columbia University, where he oversees and teaches in the Columbia College Core Curriculum, the oldest and most renowned general education program in the United States. Prior to Columbia, Larry held academic positions at The New School, New York University, and the City University of New York. Jackson’s writing has appeared in numerous academic journals and publications, and he lectures regularly on education and philosophy. 

“We are honored to welcome Larry back to Pennsburg as our commencement speaker,” says Devey. “An alumnus with strong roots in education and an accomplished lecturer, I know Larry will deliver meaningful wisdom and advice to the Class of 2021.”