"The teachings of this university are plain. The hopes of its founders are clear. They are the source of all character and character is the source of revelation. Go forward in the line of duty, small or great, under discipline, conscious that from doing comes the power to do more, firm in the faith of the fathers, seeing the enlightenment of education, surpassing the hopes of the past, ensuring liberty by accepting responsibility, that this whole nation, made like-minded with Washington and Lincoln, may continue to show forth to the world a revelation of ‘the way, the truth, and the light.’”

Vermont native and future president Calvin Coolidge, then governor of Massachusetts, speaking to 125 UVM graduates, faculty, and guests assembled for Commencement 1920 in the wake of World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic.


Calvin Coolidge