Greg has been invited to speak at a variety of events -- including traditional Graduations & Commencements at the middle school, high school, community college & college levels. Along the way, he has received a number of honorary degrees. In one instance, he was named an honorary faculty member. He also has been guest speaker in similar settings for other kinds of programs. For instance, Leadership Wisconsin - which had already utilized the book based on Greg's story (The Silhouette Man) with the participants in their program -- had him serve as keynote speaker at their culminating event ("Legacy of Leadership Celebration) and ordered copies of his Legacy Poster for each of the graduates as a graduation gift as well. Greg's first stint as a Commencement Speaker (at a community college) was the subject of a kind article in The Washington Post. His own experiences as a student have been featured by media like College Bound, Newsweek Kaplan College Guide, Baltimore Sun & Education Week. SCROLL DOWN FOR NEXT PARAGRAPH
The Silhouette Man (& the condensed edition for students, The First Thirty) include an extensive look at obstacles that some students face & the significance of reaching their goal & 'crossing the stage' at Graduation. The First Thirty has been highlighted by media like College News. On a variety of occasions, schools (i.e. Parkland Prep Academy) have ordered copies for every graduate as a graduation gift. In other cases, local companies or organizations have sponsored the purchase of the book for those graduates. For instance, Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce ordered copies for each graduate at a school in its community. Highwood Chamber of Commerce got copies for 40 students they were honoring at the end of the school year for qualities like academic success, citizenship & leadership. Rockville Bank ordered copies of the book for 50 graduates of a middle school in Connecticut. In other cases, groups have done programming with the books in advance of Graduation. The Janus School in Pennsylvania did a staff & student Common Read of The First Thirty in advance of Greg serving as Graduation Speaker at the end of that year. The books have also been used as Graduation Gift in less traditional graduation settings. Multiple chapters of Diller Fellows have given the books to their participants when they completed their Fellowships. Leadership York did the same thing with the books & its participants. An organization in New York gave copies of The First Thirty (and companion workbook, A Place To Sit) to each student in the Life After High School program. In Colorado, Latino College Fair organizers ordered copies of the book for 200 students. To read a sample of feedback from Graduations & Commencements, please click here.