President Pusey will receive an honorary degree from Boston College this afternoon at colorful ceremonies marking the school's 100th anniversary. John F. Kennedy '40 will also address more than 30,000 people expected to jam B.C. Stadium for the 2 p.m. academic procession.
The President of the United States will arrive at Logan Airport from Washington at 1:15 p.m. and will be met by Gov. Peabody and House Speaker John W. McCormack.
A motorcade of 12 cars will form at the American Airlines maintenance hanger and proceed to the B.C. main gate via the Sumner Tunnel, Storrow Drive, and Soldiers Field Road, then to Market St., Brighton, to Chestnut Hill Ave., and straight out Commonwealth Ave.
The parade route and the B.C. campus will be heavily guarded by Boston and Metropolitan District Commission Police and by the Secret Service. The President's speech will be open to the public, but B.C. officials expect the Stadium to be filled by 1:15.
Kennedy is scheduled to speak at 2:45, and his address should last about 15 minutes. The President will congratulate Boston College on its 100 years of academic achievement, but may also make a major policy statement.
The academic procession, awarding of honorary degrees, and Presidential speech will be broadcast live on Channels 4 and 7, beginning at 2 p.m.
In addition to President Pusey, honorary degrees will also be awarded to the Rev. Edward B. Bunn, president of Georgetown University, and to Barbara Ward, the British economist. Kennedy received an honorary LL.D. from Boston College in 1956.
After the procession has reached a platform erected at one end of the Stadium, greetings will be given by Gov. Peabody, representing the Commonwealth; Cardinal Richard J. Cushing, representing Massachusetts churches; and President Pusey, representing the academic world. The Very Reverend Michael P. Walsh, president of Boston College, will also speak.
Immediately after the 3 p.m. recessional, Kennedy will leave the Stadium and proceed by motorcade back to Logan. He will leave for Washington aboard the Presidential plane at about 3:45.
Today's ceremonies mark the climax of a week of centennial events at Boston College. Leading educators and churchmen from many parts of the United States, including several Harvard professors, have met at a series of colloquia to discuss the "Knowledge Explosion: Liberation and Limitation." Sessions have dealt with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences.