President Morris was an astute politician who also understood how to create publicity and manipulate public opinion. He began holding graduation ceremonies on the Edwardsville lands which the university had managed to acquire long before the entire projected site could be obtained. Here Morris welcomes Illinois Governor William G. Stratton to the very first Edwardsville campus commencement on June 14, 1960. In his address to the graduates, Stratton strongly advocated public support for the upcoming statewide universities bond issue due to go before the voters in November.
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Last Update: April 5, 1999