Carrie Newcomer holds Goshen College’s first honorary degree: a Bachelor of Arts in music for social change. Newcomer attended Goshen College for two and half years, including going to Costa Rica as part of the college’s Study-Service Term, but she didn’t graduate from the college.
With 16 solo CDs – the most recent being her 2019 release, “The Point of Arrival,” Newcomer has been described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone says “Rapturously tuneful, Newcomer’s material asks all the right questions and refuses to settle for easy answers.” Her involvement in social justice, charitable activities and collaborations with other authors and artists significantly influences her music, which is rooted in Quaker theology and cuts across secular and spiritual boundaries. Raised in Elkhart, Indiana, Newcomer currently lives in Southern Indiana with her husband and their two dogs.
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- Commencement speech (video and full text): “Three Things” by Carrie Newcomer ’80