Conferred November 16, 1972
The President and Publisher of the Lawrence, Kansas, Journal-World has upheld in the finest tradition the heritage of Elijah Parish Lovejoy. The spring and summer of 1970 in Lawrence were marked by turbulence characteristic that year of many areas in our land. There was destruction and even violent death. During a harrowing time Mr. Simons and his staff on theJournal-World maintained that newspaper columns were the proper avenues toward dispelling wild rumors and telling the people what was actually happening. As it occurred Mr. Simons and his newspaper printed reports about them. There were threats, harassment by telephone, twelve occasions on which Mr. Simons was fired upon, round-the-clock watches by employees of the Journal-World. The School Journalism of the University of Kansas, the institution from which Mr. Simons was graduated and which was itself one of the targets for violence, praised this intrepid publisher for printing all the news and for preserving objectivity during a time of almost unbearable tension. That the community was held together when it appeared to be falling apart was due in large part to the role played by the newspaper and its leader Mr. Simons is a worthy recipient of the twentieth Colby College Lovejoy Award.
By the authority the Board of Trustees of Colby College I confer upon you, DOLPH COLLINS SIMONS, JR., 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 o your membership in this society of scholars, to all rights and privileges of which I declare you entitled.