Journalist and observer of politics at home and abroad, winner of he first Rosenwald Fellowship for foreign travel, lecturer at the Universities of Georgia, Oregon, and Illinois, Executive Editor of the Louisville Times and the Courier-Journal, Director and Vice President of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and chairman of the Committee on Freedom of Information, Colby College salutes you on the one hundred fiftieth birthday of Elijah Parish Lovejoy as a newspaper man with the zeal of a prophet and the courage of a reformer. In your campaign for freedom of speech, that essential property of democratic experience, you have helped to keep Lovejoy’s spirit alive. With grateful recognition Colby names you its first Lovejoy Fellow.

By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College I confer upon you, JAMES SOULE POPE, the degree of DOCTOR OF LAWS, Honoris Causa.

The hood with which you have been invested and this diploma which I place in your hand are the visible symbols of your membership in this society of scholars, to all the rights and privileges of which I declare you entitled.