Published on: October 8th, 2021

Hillsdale College Announces Commencement Speaker: Dr. Jordan Peterson

World-renowned professor and psychologist will address Hillsdale College class of 2022

Hillsdale College is pleased to announce that Dr. Jordan B. Peterson will address the class of 2022 at the College’s 170th spring commencement ceremony.

“Many today believe that happiness comes from without, not within,” said Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn. “Dr. Peterson reminds us that fulfillment comes only through the habits one develops, the choices one makes, and the way one lives.”

Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist, and the author of three books: “Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief,” “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos,” and “Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life.” He received a B.A. in political science and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Alberta, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from McGill University. He has published more than 100 scientific papers, and his podcasts have over 55 million downloads and consistently rank #1 in the Higher Education category on iTunes. He was nominated for five consecutive years as one of Ontario’s Best University Lecturers.

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About Hillsdale in D.C.

Hillsdale in D.C. is an extension of the teaching mission of Hillsdale College to Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to teach the Constitution and the principles that give it meaning. Through the study of original source documents from American history—and of older books that formed the education of America’s founders—it seeks to inspire students, teachers, citizens, and policymakers to return the America’s principles to their central place in the political life of the nation.

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 5.7 million. For more information, visit