- The Class of 2011: Who they are, where they’re from, what they studied
- Commencement 2011: Glazer, Hammonds, Langer honorand speech transcripts
- Video: Commencement 2011 honorand remarks
- Video: President Hansen offers Commencement 2011 welcome
- Commencement report: The only failure is the failure to persist
- Video: Seniors of 2011 reflect on defining Bates moments
- Slide show features 2011 Commencement day photographs
- Slide show features 2011 Baccalaureate photos
- Video: Commencement 2011 honorand panel discussion
- Video: President Hansen’s Baccalaureate address on ‘figuring out what comes next’
Post-Event Coverage Highlights
Words, photographs and video capturing the happy assembly of scholars, students, family and friends at Commencement 2011
“You will fail — you should fail,” Evelynn Hammonds, dean of Harvard College, told the Bates College class of 2011 on May 29. “But if you stick with it, and let your peculiarities become assets, you will succeed.” Read more…
In addition to its inductees, the seventh annual ceremony of the Bates College Scholar-Athlete Society welcomed Dan Lebowitz, the executive director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University, who delivered the keynote address and received honorary membership to the society. Read more…
Videographer Josh Ajamu ’14 of Breinigsville, Pa., and Bates Magazine editor Jay Burns headed out to Alumni Walk at 9 a.m. on Commencement day to ask one question of a few graduating seniors (and one nonagenarian): What one word best describes Bates? Watch more…
Always uplifting, the 2011 Commencement ceremony had a conversational, convivial spirit, as presenters on stage passed laughs around, friends and families jostled for camera angles and cheered on their graduates, and the clouds finally parted, allowing unfiltered sunshine to illuminate the 145th Bates College Commencement. Watch more…
Graduates and their families enjoyed the annual Baccalaureate service, a religious and spiritual event that featured “Foundations That Move Us” as its theme. Watch more…
President Hansen’s final Baccalaurate address offers thoughts on the how a liberal arts education helps graduates answer the pivotal career question: “What comes next?” Also, see the Baccalaureate Program and the blessings offered to graduates from family and friends.
President Hansen offers the Commencement welcoming, noting that the happy day “honors you, Bates graduates. It honors the skills and values you have fashioned during these years of self-construction, and it honors our enduring faith in your to lead us into the future.” Watch more…
Video of Commencement 2011 remarks by honorary degree recipients Frank Glazer, pianist and Bates artist in residence; Evelynn Hammonds, scholar of science and race who is dean of Harvard College; and Robert Langer, MIT bioengineer and prolific inventor: Watch more…
“What I hope for you, like the strongest of your forbearers, is that you will do what is right for you and what is right for the world.”
Evelynn Hammonds, Doctor of Humane Letters
Transcripts of Commencement 2011 remarks by honorary degree recipients Frank Glazer, pianist Bates artist in residence; Evelynn Hammonds, scholar and dean of Harvard College; and Robert Langer, MIT bioengineer and prolific inventor. Read more…
“Each of us is unique. We are dealt a certain hand a birth, over which we have no control. But we have a lot to say about how we play the game.”
Frank Glazer, Doctor of Music
An internationally renowned pianist based at Bates, a leading scholar on the intersection of science and race, and a distinguished MIT researcher and inventor spoke and received honorary degrees during Bates College’s 145th commencement ceremony on May 29. Read more…
“Maybe the only thing that I had going for me was that I just hadn’t read the literature saying that it was impossible.”
Robert Langer, Doctor of Science
Of the 437 students that Bates College graduated on Sunday, May 29, 240 are women and 197 are men. According to figures released on May 27, 44 of the students are from Maine and 29 from foreign countries. Thirty-seven of the United States are represented in the class of 2011. Read more…
Invitations will be mailed to parents in March. After that mailing seniors will be notified that they may pick up additional invitations at 301 Lane Hall between 8:30 and 4:30pm, Monday – Friday. The College Store, located in the basement of Chase Hall, has Commencement Announcementsavailable for purchase.
Tickets and Seating
Tickets are not required for any Commencement weekend events with the exception of the champagne reception following Commencement. Seating at all events is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no reserved seating except for graduates and participants. If you would like to send someone ahead to hold seats that is fine, as long as he or she stays with the seats while waiting. In fairness to all families and friends we do not allow the posting of reserved signs or the covering of seats.
Each graduate will be issued three complimentary tickets to the champagne reception. (UPDATE 5-19-201, Complimentary tickets will be issued to graduates Tuesday, May 24 – Thursday, May 26, between 11am and 2pm in the Fireplace Lounge in Commons.) Graduates will be required to have a ticket for the champagne reception. The three complimentary tickets are intended to admit the graduate and two guests. Additional tickets are available for purchase by sending an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in your e-mail your name, the number of tickets you would like to reserve, and the name of your graduating senior. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under. Tickets will be available for pick-up and payment at the information table in Commons on Friday and Saturday between 10am and 6pm. There are a limited number of tickets available for purchase so please reserve your tickets early to ensure that everyone in your party who wants to is able to attend. UPDATE (5-27-2011) WE HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF CANCELLATIONS FOR THE CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION AND NOW HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. IF YOU HAVE NOT RESERVED TICKETS, OR NEED MORE TICKETS IN ADDITION TO WHAT YOU ALREADY RESERVED, YOU MAY PURCHASE ADDITIONAL TICKETS AT THE INFROMATION TABLE IN COMMONS IN THE FIREPLACE LOUNGE BETWEEN 10AM AND 6PM ON FRIDAY, MAY 27 AND SATURDAY, MAY 28.
Guests with Special Needs
If your party includes someone in a wheelchair, please contact an usher, who will make a space available in the ground level seating area. A limited number of wheelchairs are provided for use by guests on a first come, first served basis. These wheelchairs will be located on the Coram Library Quadrangle near the flag pole and must be returned to that location following the ceremony.
The Commencement exercises are signed. The sign language interpreter is located in front of the stage on the right side just below the podium where the President and other speakers give their remarks.
The Baccalaureate service and Commencement will be held outside regardless of the weather so please come to campus prepared. Only in the rare instance of severe weather (e.g. lightning or high winds) will we postpone the start of one of these events. Should an event need to be postponed, we will announce it immediately on the main page of the website www.bates.edu.
Parking on and near the campus is limited. There are no special parking passes issued for Commencement weekend. Parking on campus and city streets is permitted according to posted parking regulations. A campus parking map can be found athttp://home.bates.edu/codex/parking-map/ . The campus faculty/staff parking lot on the corner of Campus Avenue and Nichols Street (directly across the street from the Carnegie Science Building, #8 on the parking map) is designated for handicapped parking on Saturday and Sunday of Commencement weekend. A member of our Security staff will be present to monitor the use of this lot for the Baccalaureate service on Saturday and Commencement on Sunday. You must have a state or doctor issued license plate or permit to park in this lot.
Bates hires a commercial studio, GradImages, to photograph each senior receiving his or her diploma as well as one photo before and one after . Seniors and their families will be contacted in mid-June about ordering prints.
Graduating seniors must vacate on-campus residences by 5:00 pm on Sunday, May 29, 2011. For security reasons, any seniors who need more time to depart their residences must make that request in advance with the Housing Office.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Heather Bumps in the Office of the President at 207-786-6102 if you have any questions.