a copy old- five and we Lincoln of the Message to graduates: hope you find a By United Press International. Commencement speakers are sending M a r y l a n d college graduates into the w6rk- ing world this spring with pleas for racial justice and warnings that a college degree doesn't mean what it used to. A survey of commencem'ent addresses given this spring shows that racial and economic matters are the primary themes. But speakers are also warning that declining academic standards standards have lowered the value of a college degree. "We must zealously protect the integrity of the college degree^" Wilson H;. Elkins, president president of the University of Maryland, told the school's 178th commencement during the weekend. "We should do all that we can to help students achieve; but we should never lower our s t a n.d a r d s," Elkins added, noting that a college education is no longer a "passport to fame and-for tune" but it "can contribute to a better and more useful life." Most of Maryland's colleges hold..cqmmence- ment ceremonies this month. The largest ceremony was during the weekend when 3,700 graduates at the University of Maryland- College Park received their degrees. The most colorful commencement ceremony in the state will be "next month when approximately approximately 900 midshipmen will graduate and receive commissions from the N a v a l Academy. Vice President Walter Mondale will speak at the academy -ceremony. Although the Naval Academy graduates are assured.of a five-year job with the Navy, other commencement speakers said that a college degree no longer guarantees employment. But Dr. Jean Spencer, of the state board of trustees for state colleges, told Frostburg State College graduates that a college education education will help them cope with an unstable world. She said a "degree is not a passport to a job; it is a passport to an uncertain future." The charge given to the 169 graduates at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore was to be concerned about the future of their school.. A special committee is studying whether to merge UMES with nearby Salisbury State College because of declining enrollments ** predominantly black UMES. The proposal is opposed by many black leaders. Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, president of Tennessee State University, told UMES graduates graduates to be "concerned that the institution are part of will be a part of the future:" Humphries said black schools are needed educate black students and to maintain racial pride and identity. In addition to defending their alma mater, Humphries told UMES graduates that.their personal morals and values will help .determine .determine the future of the United States. "America still offers the greatest amount collective and individual freedom in the world," Humphries said.