Skip Navigation

Browse the Media Archive

Commencement 1970

Published 7 January 2009


The beginning of Commencement for Carleton Class of 1970. Incomplete recording.


Begins with a prayer to celebrate the commencement. The Fall of 1966 is compared to now, June 1970. The leader of the prayer contrasts these two ends of the class’ time at Carleton. Amen.
Some shuffling of the microphone. Then choir voices are heard singing. Then there is more shuffling around. A speaker introduces himself as Atherton Bean, standing in as the chairman of the board of Carleton. He represents the trustees, the Alumni, and Howard and Jan Swearer, the new president-to-be and his wife Elizabeth. They will take over for John Nason and his wife. Bean describes Nason and calls him a philosopher. He reads part of a letter from Swearer to Nason to describe Nason’s significance to the community. The letter praises his character and accomplishments while as president. Bean adds some of his own words of praise to wish Nason well as president of Swarthmore.
Nason is applauded and comes up to speak. He speaks about the state of Carleton and the programs and tasks he leaves to Swearer. He speaks about gifts of money given to Carleton toward these programs. There is a long hard road ahead. He is happy to be “graduating” with this class. He speaks about the awards and prizes at commencement. Also addresses the two retiring members of the faculty. Nason speaks about Howard Swearer and his competence for the position of president of Carleton. He also thanks the student, faculty, staff, and the friends of the college. He is a Carleton Alumnus. Introduces the 2nd century student award winner Jimmy Coker ‘70 to come and speak.
Coker takes the podium and says they have a gift for President Nason from the Carleton Student Association. Coker says he will speak on “some thoughts he has about the world”. He says they are fortunate in their place at Carleton. He speaks about the nation as a fosterer of war, an inability to live with the environment, and racism, intolerance and injustice. He says we have the means to end these things, and they have the right to question the slow pace of change. They will not be pacified as young people and would rather fight these aberrations with or without the older generations. The recording ends here, abruptly.

Some rights reserved. Carleton College licenses this work under the Creative Commons Attribution/Non-commercial/Share-alike 3.0 License.

Other Items

  • Created 28 April 1962; Published 23 January 2009
    John Nason Convocation Prior to Inauguration

    Upon President Gould's retirement, John W. Nason is introduced to the students of Carleton during a convocation prior to his inauguration as the new president of the college. He gives a short speech.

  • Created 25 April 1962; Published 23 January 2009
    Dr. Kenneth Boulding: "Warlessness"

    Dr. Kenneth Boulding gives a speech at Carleton about the disruptive forces of missile technology and the current efforts to achieve "warlessness".

  • Created 13 January 1961; Published 21 June 2006
    Convocation: Albert Camus - The Exile and The Kingdom
  • Created 19 May 1954; Published 25 February 2008
    Speech: Donald J. Cowling

    This audio file contains an 8-minute excerpt from a speech made by Donald J. Cowling on May 20, 1954 to commemorate the founding of Spiritual Mobilization, an independent Christian-libertarian movement started by Reverend James W. Fifield against the Christian-liberal “Social Gospel” movement of the 1930s.

  • Published 28 February 2008
    The Strike at Carleton

    "The Strike at Carleton" Radio Broadcast. 1970

  • Published 21 March 2008
    Final Speech from President John Nason

    In address to the Alumni Association, President Nason discusses the tumultuous years of his presidency in his final formal speech on campus. As his last talk, this speech ends his career as an educator. 05/1970

  • Published 5 June 2008
    Herbert Aptheker - "The Civil War - A Marxist Interpretation"

    Herbert Aptheker gives a talk called "The Civil War - A Marxist Interpretation," which is about the origins and nature of the U.S. Civil War. 1963

  • Published 22 October 2008
    Alumni Admissions Representatives Training Conference

    Alumni are trained at Carleton during a weekend-long convention to be admissions representatives and interviewers in their communities.

  • Published 7 March 2008
    Convocation: John Nason - Some Reflections on the Carleton Scene

    President John Nason (1962 to 1970) addesess at the convocation; the speech is entitled “Some Reflections on the Carleton Scene.” 01/1963

  • Published 24 March 2008
    Senior Convocation: John Nason Baccalaureate Address

    President John Nason inspires graduating seniors to gain some perspective on their entry into the world. He tells the class that their college experience should not only be about grades and appropriate coursework as steps toward a career. It is meant to produce well-rounded individuals and to protect students from becoming too specialized too early. Carleton is an encouraging environment to help a student to find and express his or her convictions. Graduates should use their well-rounded education as a way to better understand their fellow man or woman. 1963 Spring.

  • Published 25 March 2008
    Convocation: Owen Jenkins - In Defense of the Student

    Owen Jenkins, Carleton English professor, outlines his speech into four parts as an appropriate exercise in rhetoric. Taking on the rhetoric techniques of Socrates, Jenkins performs a humorous dialogue with Geo and ‘Faculty Member’ to define what a Carleton education is. 1963 Spring.

  • Published 23 May 2008
    Convocation: Thomas Banyacya - Hopi Ways of LIving at Peace with Nature

    Thomas Banyacya, a Native American of the Hopi tribe, talks about the Hopi worldview, with spirituality and nature at the center of their traditions and ritual practices. 1974

  • Published 7 January 2009
    Commencement 1970

    The beginning of Commencement for Carleton Class of 1970. Incomplete recording.

  • Published 9 January 2009
    Alumni Reunion, The War Years

    Introduction and speeches from an alumni reunion from the classes who attended Carleton during World War II

  • Published 14 January 2009
    Science and Man's Culture Symposium

    Two speakers, Harvey Brooks and John Platt, at give lectures at Carleton about modern society in conjunction with technology for the Science and Men's Culture Symposium

Podcast Feed

What's a podcast, and how does this work?