United States Information Agency Audio Recordings Collection
Sound recording of the June 13, 1961, commencement address at Johns Hopkins University delivered by the Director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) Edward R. Murrow. The recording begins with an introduction by the President of Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower. The Reverend Vernon B. Richardson offers the invocation. University President Eisenhower greets attendees and presents the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching to two faculty members. Professor Malcolm C. Moos and University President Eisenhower confer an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws on Director Murrow. In his commencement address Director Murrow pays tribute to Johns Hopkins University and discusses what graduates will face in a changing world. He discusses the role of the United States in the world and contrasts its system of governance as a democratic republic with a Communist system. He also discusses public service. Following Director Murrow's address, degrees are conferred on candidates for graduation; while names are announced during these ceremonies, the recording stops and starts several times. University President Eisenhower speaks again and a Benediction follows. Accession MR-1972-096-004.