Commencement 2019

Below is this year’s schedule. We have a great group of honorary degree recipients, plus answers to your questions and a way to see the event live if you are following a Bates grad from afar.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

5:30 p.m.
Farewell celebration
What: Faculty and students celebrate the academic accomplishments of the Class of 2019
Who: Seniors, faculty and coaches
Where: Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building

Friday, May 24, 2019

2 p.m.
Class of 20198 Photo 
What: Class picture
Who: Required for all graduating seniors
Where: Garcelon Field (Rainsite Underhill Ice Arena)

3 p.m.
Commencement rehearsal
What: Commencement ceremony rehearsal
Who: Required for all graduating seniors
Where: Historic Quad (Riansiite Merrill Gymnasium)

5:00 p.m.
College Key induction
What: Membership in the College Key is awarded to juniors and seniors who distinguish themselves through their academic performance, athletic or extracurricular pursuits, service to the community and strength of character
Who: Inductees, their families and guests
Where: Olin Arts Center Concert Hall

6:30 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa induction
What: Phi Beta Kappa is the national honor society for liberal arts colleges
Who: Inductees, their families and guests
Where: Olin Arts Center Concert Hall

8:30 p.m.
Senior/Parents Wine and Cheese Tasting
What: Senior/parents wine tasting
Who: Senior/Parents
Where: Pettengill Atrium

Saturday, May 25, 2019

1 p.m.
Legacy Group photo
What: Photo of students with family histories at Bates
Where: Hathorn Hall steps

1:30 p.m.
Line up for Baccalaureate
Who: Ceremony participants
Where: Alumni Walk (Rainsite Merrill Gymnasium)

2 p.m.
Baccalaureate service
What: Baccalaureate celebrates students’ journey through Bates and beyond through the languages of many religions and spiritualities, and celebrates with poetry, music, dance and reflection
Who: Graduating seniors, their families and guests
Where:  Historic Quad (Rainsite Merrill Gymnasium)

Sunday, May 26, 2019

7:30–9 a.m.
What: A complimentary breakfast
Who: Graduating seniors, their families and guests
Where: Commons

8:30 a.m.
Line up for commencement
Where: Historic Quad (Rainsite Merrill Gymnasium)

9:30 a.m.
Commencement procession
What: Procession begins
Who: All are welcome
Where: Historic Quad (Rainsite Merrill Gymnasium)

10 a.m.
What: The ceremony you’ve been waiting for!
Who: All are welcome
Where: Historic Quad (Rainsite Merrill Gymnasium) A live video feed will be available for viewing in the Olin Arts Center, and the event will be livestreamed at

Noon (immediately following Commencement)
What: Complimentary lunch
Who: Graduating seniors, their families and guests
Where: Library Quad (Rainsite Commons Building and tent on Bardwell Field)