from the "Class Oration," the 1954 Liber Actorum

"In the midst of this almost frightening scientific progress, the freedom of the whole world is being threatened by despotic forces preying on the ignorance of the masses. The Communists have been able to dominate their countries because of the lack of free public education. Many years ago, Thomas Jefferson prescribed the only panacea for this serious threat to democracy: 'I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.' It is up to us, the Class of '54, to further the educational movement not only in the United States, but in all the backward areas of the world. A well-educated nation may accomplish tomorrow what today may seem impossible. Possunt quia posse videntur. 'They can because they think they can.'"