• May Slideshow — Historical photographs of commencement ceremonies from the past.
  • May 1997: The Bobcat water skis across Lake Andrews — The setup for the spectacle is deceptively simple.
  • May 1966: The first Short Term — Around the time the Beatles sang “Eight Days a Week,” Bates was pondering ways to squeeze even more work from students and faculty. One idea, debuting in 1965-66, was a three-year graduation option that introduced Short Term to the Bates academic culture.