I am honored today to be admitted to the fellowship of this ancient and distinguished University, and I am pleased to receive in the short space of one or two minutes the honor for which you spend over four years of your lives.
But whether the degree be honorary or earned, it is a proud symbol of this University and this state.
North Carolina has long been identified with enlightened and progressive leaders and people, and I can think of no more important reason for that reputation than this University, which year after year has sent educated men and women who have had recognition of their public responsibilities as well as their private interests. -
It is my hope in a changing world, when untold possibilities lie before North Carolina - and indeed, the entire South and country - that this University will still hew to the old line of the responsibility that its graduates owe to the community at large; that in your time, too, you will be willing to give to the state and country a portion of your lives and all of your knowledge and all of your loyalty. -
But more than that, I hope that you will realize that from the beginning of this country - and especially in North Carolina - there has been a close link between educated men and women and politics and government. And also remember that our nation's first great leaders were also our first great scholars. -