The Inauguration of Clayton Spencer

And it’s official!

Clayton Spencer holds the symbols of office during her installation ceremony as the eighth president of Bates College on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. The symbols are the keys, the presidential collar, and the record book. Photo: Michael Bradley/Bates College.


‘Questions Worth Asking’ — President Spencer’s inaugural address

President Spencer defines the challenges facing Bates and, by extension, much of private higher education, and suggests how Bates’ distinctive character will help the college vigorously respond.


Clayton Spencer inaugurated as Bates’ eighth president

Bates formally installed Ava Clayton Spencer, a woman described by her former boss as the “embodiment of Bates values,” as its eighth president before a gathering of 2,500 in Merrill Gymnasium on Friday afternoon.


Video: Inauguration of Clayton Spencer

Watch the complete video of the inauguration; also available are high-def segments of the installation ceremony.


Video: Scenes from Inauguration Day

Photographer and videographer Phyllis Graber Jensen offers an insider’s look at splendor, symbolism and humanity of inauguration, from the robing of the academic procession to the Spencer family gathering for a group photograph.


Slide show: Inauguration for Clayton Spencer

Photographs capture the traditions, people and exuberance of a Bates presidential inauguration, all on a gorgeous mid-fall weekend.


Academic panels discuss chicken-and-egg cycle of ideas

Friday morning’s two panel discussions feature a lively volleys of ideas and counter-ideas.


Video: Time-lapse of Merrill’s transformation from gym to stage

Watch as the Margaret Hopkins Merrill Gymnasium undergoes a transformation from sports venue to theatrical stage for the inauguration of Clayton Spencer.


Gomes ‘cherished’ the Chapel that now carries his name

The Bates College Chapel became the Peter J. Gomes Chapel on Oct. 25 as hundreds of friends and colleagues of the late preacher and teacher gathered to remember him in words and song, from Bach to Paganini to Gomes’ Harvard friend Carson Cooman.


Slide show: Service for the naming of the Peter J. Gomes Chapel

Photographs reflecting the poignancy and celebration, musical offerings and spoken word, of the service for naming Peter J. Gomes Chapel on Oct. 25.


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