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Post-Event Coverage (2012)

Here’s your place for post-event coverage of Commencement 2012. Check back often as we’ll be adding, stories, photographs and video hour by hour throughout the weekend and next week.

Bonnie Bassler, molecular biologist and first of three honorary degree recipient to address the Class of 2012 at Commencement, proves to be a hard act to follow for Robert De Niro (seated, left) and Gwen Ifill (center). Interim President Nancy Cable is at right. Photograph by Phyllis Graber Jensen.

Report: Bassler, De Niro and Ifill star power shines

  • Great advice, humor infused with spot-on Bates lore and the requisite brilliant sunshine helped Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients Bonnie Bassler, Robert De Niro and Gwen Ifill wow this year’s Commencement throng.

Alumni and graduation children feel the vibe

  • At Commencement, alumni and their children graduating with the Class of 2012 talk about their shared sense of Bates.

Slide Show: Commencement 2012


Video: The Honorand Panel 2012

  • Watch a video of the annual honorand panel discussion featuring Bonnie Bassler, Robert De Niro and Gwen Ifill. Moderated by Professor of French Kirk Read and held in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall the evening before Commencement.

Transcripts of Bassler, De Niro and Ifill honorand remarks


Commencement video available


Honorary citations

  • Read the citations that illuminate the 2012 honorary degree recipients Bonnie Bassler, Robert De Niro and Gwen Ifill.

Official pre-Commencement press release


Learn about the 2012 Commencement speakers, Bonnie Bassler, Robert De Niro and Gwen Ifill.


Class of 2012 by the numbers


The Class of 2012, who they are, where they’re from, what they studied.


The Class of 2012 creates a new tradition


Members of the Class of 2012 started a new tradition on May 25 by forming the numeral “2012″ on Garcelon Field. Watch a time-lapse video as they line up for their downloadable senior class photo.



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