Jon Eric Cobain's diploma, the first conferred by Nevada Southern University (later UNLV).
MS-01105_005. Jon E. Cobain Papers, 1963-2009. MS-01105. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada. http://n2t.net/ark:/62930/d1db80496
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I, about to be graduated from the University of Nevada,
my great debt to the giver of all life, who has given me life in Nevada, the State whose people are most blest with pioneering strengths and whose land, of all America is freshest from His hand, and most truly His cathedral with mountain columns star vaults and page-incensed aisles hourly urging me to reverent thinking and living.
my great debt to the pace which has made me heir to civilization wrought out by its centuries of toil and of thought and preserved by the bravery of its heroes the wisdom of its sages and the faith of its saints.
my great debt to this Nation and to this Commonwealth which through guardian, organization and through open school doors have jointly made it possible for me to come into the full riches of my natural and my racial inheritances.
Here and now pledge
life long loyalty to the shaping ideals of American civilization:
Liberty , bounded by law drawn for the common wealth
Equality of opportunity for all and
Justice administered in accord with the dictates of the common will lawfully expressed.
There and now further pledge
that in all the years to be granted to me and to the fullness of my allotted strength
I shall serve both alone and with others to the high ends that un-clean-ness, greed, selfishness, and pride shall lessen that clean-ness charity comradeship and reverence shall widen and that this my generation shall bequeath an even better and nobler civilization than came to it.
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
We wish to extend to you heartiest congratulations on being awarded your baccalaureate degree, and for being a member of Nevada Southern's first graduating class. As a member of this, the State of Nevada Centennial class, you hold a unique distinction in the history of Nevada Southern. Your diploma will be mailed to you at a later date as confirmation that the degree was officially conferred.
Chairman, Board of Regents
Dean, Nevada Southern
President, University of Nevada
June 3, 1964