Monday, May 7, 2012
Conor Grennan, author of the book titled Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, will address the University of Great Falls Class of 2012 during the 78th annual Commencement Ceremony. The Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at 10:00 am in the McLaughlin Center.
As part of the ceremony, Conor Grennan will be presented with the University of Great Falls Uncommon Courage Award. The University seeks to recognize individuals who demonstrate Uncommon Courage in assisting those in need. President Eugene McAllister explained, “We are very pleased to honor Conor Grennan because we believe our students can do the same kind of things he has done.”
In 2004, during a trip around the world, he volunteered in the Little Princes Children’s Home in the village of Godawari, Nepal. While there, he discovered the children in the home were not orphans, but victims of trafficking. At the time, Nepal was in the midst of a civil war and in an effort to protect their children, parents often sought individuals who could take their children away from the violence and transport them to safety. Tragically, many of these children were abandoned in Kathmandu, a city of one million people. Conor endeavored to personally return many of these children to their families.
Conor has established Next Generation Nepal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting the lost children with their parents. His journey of discovery was the inspiration behind the book Little Princes. Conor, a graduate of the University of Virginia and the NYU Stern School of Business, currently resides in Connecticut with his wife and family.