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Fifteen area residents received bachelor’s degrees during Bates College’s 130th commencement exercises on Monday (May 27) in an outdoor ceremony on the main quadrangle. The distinguished Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe delivered the commencement address to an audience of some 3,000.
An anthropologist and musician will present a lecture/performance on West African drumming at Bates at 7:30 p.m. May 22 in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall. The public is invited to attend free of charge.
Joining Achebe as honorary-degree recipients will be one of America’s most eloquent ministers, Peter J. Gomes, a Bates alumnus; human-rights activist Natalie Webber Gulbrandsen, a Bates alumna; and entomologist Edward O. Wilson. Harward will confer bachelor’s degrees on approximately 390 seniors in an outdoor ceremony at 10 a.m. in front of Coram Library, following the traditional procession of seniors and faculty, which will be led by bagpipers. In case of rain, the graduation exercise will be held in the Margaret Hopkins Merrill Gymnasium.
Music by Rimsky-Korsakoff, Mahler, Bach and Gershwin will be on the program Sunday, May 19, when the Bates College Brass Quintet performs in a free public concert at 2 p.m. in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall.
Fourteen retiring Bates College employees with a combined total of more than 270 years of service were honored recently at the college’s annual employee recognition luncheon.
Poet Donald Justice, winner of the Pulitzer and Bollingen prizes, will read from his works at 8 p.m. Monday, May 20, in Chase Hall Lounge. The public is invited to attend at no charge.
The Bates Dance Festival, one of the nation’s foremost dance training and presenting programs, invites local residents to participate in two programs this summer.
The Bates Dance Theater Short Term will present “Baile Popular,” an exhibition of Spanish and Latin-American dances at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Alumni Gym. Carmen and Carl Nelson will be the featured guest artists in this display of the mambo, the salsa, the merengue and more.
Scientist Anthony D. Cortese will discuss environmental sustainability in a lecture at Bates College on May 16 in the Chase Hall Lounge. The public is invited to attend free of charge.
Two groups of Edward Little High School student musicians will perform a concert at Bates at 7:30 p.m., May 13, in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall. The public is invited to attend free of charge.