Holy Cross College

April 8, 2020

Title: Holy Cross College Date: June 25, 1919 Location: Worcester, MA Context: A commencement address to the class of 1919 To come from the press of public affairs, where the practical side of life is at its flood, into these calm and classic surroundings, where ideals are cherished for their own sake, is an intense […]

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Grove Oration

April 24, 2014

Title: An Oration at his Graduation from Amherst College Date: June 1, 1895 Location: Amherst, Massachusetts Context: An annual tradition at Amherst College, Calvin Coolidge was voted by his classmates to deliver a humorous address at graduation. (Original document available here) The mantle of truth falls upon the Grove Orator on condition that he wear it wrong side out. […]

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Harvard University Commencement Address

April 24, 2014

Title: XXXI Harvard University Commencement Date: June 19, 1919 Location: Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Original document available here) No college man who has ever glanced at the Constitution of Massachusetts is likely to miss or forget the generous references there made to Harvard University. It may need a closer study of that instrument, which is older than the […]

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Amherst College Commencement

April 24, 2014

Title: Amherst College Commencement Address Date: June 18, 1919 Location: Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts (Original document available here) To the son of any college, although he does not make his connection with his college a profession, a return of Commencement Day recalls many memories. It is likely also, after nearly a quarter of a century, to cause some […]

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Andrew Carnegie: Organizer for Service

April 24, 2014

Title: Andrew Carnegie: Organizer for Service, Address at the Founders’ Day Celebration of Carnegie Institute Date: April 28, 1921 Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Original document available here) There is a greatness that is distinctly American, a true greatness which enlarges man’s dominion. It is an achievement which comes from obedience to that admonition given on creation morn to subdue […]

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