By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College I confer upon you, ERWIN DAIN CANHAM, 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.
ERWIN DAIN CANHAM: A Bates graduate who labors mightily on Colby’s behalf, — as you preside over Colby’s Lovejoy Committee and help to select the most courageous journalist of the past twelve months, you have each year modestly refrained from suggesting the name of the editor of the Christian Science Monitor. Colby now seeks to make good this this omission, saluting the courage you have displayed throughout your career and, in particular, the physical heroism you showed when at a time of serious rioting you became a mediator between the civil authorities and the inmates of Charlestown prison. A Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and holder of honorary degrees from many colleges, former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and director of the policies of one of the most widely respected newspapers in the world, you have shown how Christian sensitiveness can interpret and relieve the lurid sensationalism of the cruder side of daily life and how an intelligent inner monitor can sift not only true opinion from false but the truly newsworthy from the base and unworthy.