Bates’ 149th Commencement

Welcome to Commencement Week!

Below is this year’s schedule. We have a great group of honorary degree recipients, plus answers to your questions and a way to see the event live if you are following a Bates grad from afar.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

5:30 p.m.
Farewell celebration
What: Faculty and students celebrate the academic accomplishments of the Class of 2015
Who: Seniors, faculty and coaches
Where: Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building

Friday, May 29, 2015

2 p.m.
Class of 2015 photo and commencement rehearsal
What: Class picture and commencement ceremony practice
Who: Required for all graduating seniors
Where: Garcelon Field/Historic Quad

4:30 p.m.
College Key induction
What: Membership in the College Key is awarded to juniors and seniors  who distinguish themselves through their academic performance, athletic or extracurricular pursuits, service to the community and strength of character
Who: Inductees, their families and guests
Where: Olin Arts Center Concert Hall

6 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa induction
What: Phi Beta Kappa is the national honor society for liberal arts colleges
Who: Inductees, their families and guests
Where: Olin Arts Center Concert Hall
 

7:30 p.m.
Sigma Xi induction
What: Sigma Xi is the honor society of research scientists and engineers
Who: Inductees, their families and guests
Where: Olin Arts Center Concert Hall
 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

11 a.m.
Conversation with 2015 honorary degree recipients
What: A lively panel discussion among our honored guests
Who: All are welcome
Where: Olin Arts Center Concert Hall

1 p.m.
Legacy Group photo
What: Photo of students with family histories at Bates
Where: Hathorn Hall steps
 

1:30 p.m.
Line up for Baccalaureate
Who: Ceremony participants
Where: Alumni Walk
 

1:50 p.m.
Baccalaureate procession begins
Who: Ceremony participants
Where: Historic Quad
 

2 p.m.
Baccalaureate service
What: Baccalaureate celebrates students’ journey through Bates and beyond through the languages of many religions and spiritualities, and celebrates with poetry, music, dance and reflection
Who: Graduating seniors, their families and guests
Where: Historic Quad
 

5 p.m.
Scholar-Athlete Society induction ceremony
What: The Bates Scholar-Athlete Society honors dedication to excellence in scholarship and sportsmanship
Who: Inductees, their families and guests
Where: Olin Arts Center Concert Hall
 

5:30 p.m.
Catholic Mass
Where: Gomes Chapel

Sunday, May 31, 2015

7:30–9 a.m.
Breakfast
What: A complimentary breakfast
Who: Graduating seniors, their families and guests
Where: Commons

9 a.m.
Line up for commencement
Where: Alumni Walk
 

9:30 a.m.
Commencement procession
What: Procession Begins
Who: All are welcome
Where: Historic Quad
 

10 a.m.
Commencement
What: The ceremony you’ve been waiting for!
Who: All are welcome
Where: Historic Quad (in Merrill Gymnasium if rain) A live video feed will be available for viewing in the Olin Arts Center, and the event will be live streamed at bates.edu/commencement/live
 

Noon (immediately following Commencement)
Lunch
What: Complimentary lunch
Who: Graduating seniors, their families and guests
Where: Library Quad