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September 2, 2008 9:24 am

Imber to address 2008 Convocation gathering

Celebrating its 154th academic year and the first day of classes, the Bates community will gather for Convocation at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, on the historic Quad near Campus Avenue.
Margaret A. Imber, associate professor of classical and medieval studies, will deliver the 2008 Convocation address.


January 31, 2008 1:29 pm

Writer-in-residence Farnsworth receives 2008 Kroepsch Award

In winning the 2008 Kroepsch Award for Excellence in Teaching, writer-in-residence Robert Farnsworth won praise from current and former students, including two alums who are prizewinning poets themselves. Farnsworth will deliver the Kroepsch address, “Psst!: Poems Teach Themselves,” on Feb. 13.


August 30, 2007 11:11 am

A look at famed mother and daughter opens Bates' 153rd academic year

Bates College opens its 153rd academic year with a convocation ceremony featuring John R. Cole, Thomas Hedley Reynolds Professor of History, at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, on the historic Quad near Campus Avenue.


September 7, 2006 12:00 am

Poet Farnsworth inaugurates new convocation tradition

Convocation is about the new, and novelty abounded at the 2006 Bates College convocation. Of course, the ceremony always opens a new academic year — this is the 152nd — and welcomes new students, some 500 of them this time around. Yet this year’s convocation, held Sept. 6, also included the public debut of the College’s new chaplain, Rev. William Blaine-Wallace, and marked the start of an important tradition. Where Bates for years has invited outside speakers to give the convocation address, that honor this time went to a faculty member, the poet and English professor Rob Farnsworth.


August 28, 2006 11:27 am

Poet Robert Farnsworth to address Bates College convocation

Bates College begins its 152nd academic year with a convocation address by Robert Farnsworth, a member of the English faculty and a nationally known poet, at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, on the college’s Historic Quadrangle.


September 8, 2005 4:30 pm

Theme of unity shines through in Bates Convocation

Speakers who addressed the Convocation audience Sept. 6 offered ample food for thought to the incoming Class of 2009, from the historical evolution of academic freedom to life lessons implicit in the Bates education.

But unity — as in unity of self and unity on campus — was a subtext for remarks by both the featured convocation speaker, the Rev. Peter J. Gomes ’65, and President Elaine Tuttle Hansen. Gomes referenced a sermon on his first Sunday on campus, in 1961 during what was then called “Freshman Week,” that stressed Bates’ role in assembling the diverse components of character into “a life worth living.” Hansen, meanwhile, called for a shared campus commitment to robust intellectual inquiry.


September 9, 2004 3:41 pm

Paul Rogat Loeb, Convocation address, Bates College, Sept. 8, 2004

Paul Rogat Loeb, Convocation address, Bates College, Sept. 8, 2004


September 9, 2004 3:20 pm

Convocation 2004: In praise of the 'courage of ordinary people'

“Everybody who acts is uncertain,” author Paul Rogat Loeb told the Bates College community and its Class of 2008 during the Sept. 8 ceremony marking the start of the college’s 150th academic year.


September 8, 2004 2:23 pm

2004 Convocation remarks

It is my very great privilege to call you together today on behalf of the entire Bates community.


September 5, 2002 4:24 pm

Former U.S. surgeon general opens 148th academic year

On Sept. 4, former U.S. Surgeon General M. Joycelyn Elders opened the 148th academic year at Bates College with a challenge to the Class of 2006. In her second visit to Bates this year, Elders told a convocation gathering of about 1,000 students, staff and faculty that the students now starting here must summon the courage and the will to become transformational leaders for a new century fraught with pressing difficulties.