Charles Arthur Sprague – Publisher and newspaper editor, former school principal and school superintendent, born in Kansas, educated in Iowa and Illinois, now editor and publisher of the Oregon Statesman, your public service has included membership in the President’s Railroad Emergency Board, the Committee on Labor Relations in Atomic Energy Plants, and the presidency of the Oregon Council of Churches. You were named alternate delegate to the United Nations General Assembly in 1952, and from 1939 to 1943 you held with distinction the post of Governor of Oregon. But it is for your editorial courage and forthright liberalism that Colby College wishes to honor you as Lovejoy Fellow of the year. Your stand on civil rights and on the teacher’s oath, your support of a constructive foreign policy, your individualism and independence, your wide acquaintance with many fields of knowledge coupled with your readiness always to speak out on the things that matter and to stand for the right irrespective of popular clamor have made yours the most influential editorial voice in the Pacific Northwest and have been an inspiration to your fellow citizens throughout the country.
By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College I confer upon you, Charles Arthur Sprague, 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.