1971 Commencement Audio


John Kerry



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Portland State University held the Degree Convocation ceremony on June 11, 1971, 8:00 PM, at Portland Memorial Coliseum.

Senator John Kerry delivered the commencement address, "America Abroad: The Challenge of Reconsideration."


Order of Ceremonies:

Processional: Erwin F. Lange, D. Ed., Faculty Marshal. Music performed by students of the Portland State University Music Department; Margaret L. Chen, piano.

Invocation: Rev. Anne Smith, B.D., Associate Minister, First Congregational Church.

Greetings from the Oregon State Board of Higher Education: John D. Mosser, J.D., Member, State Board of Higher Education.

Address: "America Abroad: The Challenge of Reconsideration," Senator John Kerry, B.A.

Charge to the Class of 1971: Gregory Baker Wolfe, Ph.D., President, Portland State University.

Presentation of Candidates for Baccalaureate Degrees: Joseph C. Blumel, Ph.D., Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Portland State University.

Conferring of Degrees: Gregory Baker Wolfe, Ph.D.

Presentation of Candidates for Graduate Degrees: Joseph C. Blumel, Ph.D.

Conferring of Degrees: Gregory Baker Wolfe, Ph.D.

Benediction: Reverend Anne Smith, B.D.

Recessional: "Tomorrow is the First Day of the Rest of My Life," Margaret L. Chen, piano; "We've Only Just Begun."

Original Format

Reel to reel, 3.75 ips, 1/4 track, mono


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1971 Commencement Audio