I commend him for doing so, and for the immense amount of good he has done in that role.
I commend her for standing by her friend and going on record as a character witness.
The want Dr. St. James to remain in the classroom, and commend Millikin for standing by him.
mid-14c., comenden, from Latin commendare "to commit to the care or keeping (of someone), to entrust to; to commit to writing;" hence "to set off, render agreeable, praise," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + mandare "to commit to one's charge" (see mandate (n.)). In some senses, a shortening of recommend. Related: Commended; commending.