Commencement 2012

Post-Event Coverage Highlights

Here’s your place for post-event coverage of Commencement 2012. Check back often as we’ll be adding, stories, photographs and video hour by hour throughout the weekend and next week.

Bonnie Bassler, molecular biologist and first of three honorary degree recipient to address the Class of 2012 at Commencement, proves to be a hard act to follow for Robert De Niro (seated, left) and Gwen Ifill (center). Interim President Nancy Cable is at right. Photograph by Phyllis Graber Jensen.

Report: Bassler, De Niro and Ifill star power shines

  • Great advice, humor infused with spot-on Bates lore and the requisite brilliant sunshine helped Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients Bonnie Bassler, Robert De Niro and Gwen Ifill wow this year’s Commencement throng.

Alumni and graduation children feel the vibe

  • At Commencement, alumni and their children graduating with the Class of 2012 talk about their shared sense of Bates.

Slide Show: Commencement 2012

Video: The Honorand Panel 2012

  • Watch a video of the annual honorand panel discussion featuring Bonnie Bassler, Robert De Niro and Gwen Ifill. Moderated by Professor of French Kirk Read and held in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall the evening before Commencement.

Transcripts of Bassler, De Niro and Ifill honorand remarks

Commencement video available

Honorary citations

  • Read the citations that illuminate the 2012 honorary degree recipients Bonnie Bassler, Robert De Niro and Gwen Ifill.

Official pre-Commencement press release

Learn about the 2012 Commencement speakers, Bonnie Bassler, Robert De Niro and Gwen Ifill.

Class of 2012 by the numbers

The Class of 2012, who they are, where they’re from, what they studied.

The Class of 2012 creates a new tradition

Members of the Class of 2012 started a new tradition on May 25 by forming the numeral “2012” on Garcelon Field. Watch a time-lapse video as they line up for their downloadable senior class photo.


Congratulations to the Bates Class of 2012!

At Bates, we look forward with great anticipation each year to honoring our graduating seniors and welcoming their families and friends to campus over Memorial Day weekend. We share in the excitement and joy about the graduates’ achievements at one of the world’s leading colleges of the liberal arts and sciences.

Our celebration is actually a series of events beginning late Thursday and continuing through Commencement exercises on Sunday morning — and a little beyond. Below is the full schedule. If you’re planning to join us, we hope you’ll visit this page again before arriving on campus, as plans sometimes change a bit along the way.

Click Here for Cap and Gown Distribution for Seniors.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

5:30 – 7 p.m. Senior-Faculty Farewell Celebration.
For all seniors and faculty.
Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building

Friday, May 25, 2012

2 p.m. Class of 2012 PhotoLine up at 1:40; photo at 2:00 Garcelon Field
3 p.m. Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal
For all seniors.
Alumni Walk to the Quadrangle
4:30 p.m. College Key Induction Ceremony Olin Arts Center Concert Hall
6:00 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony Olin Arts Center Concert Hall
7:30 p.m. Sigma Xi Induction Ceremony Olin Arts Center Concert Hall

Saturday, May 26, 2012

1 p.m. Legacy Group Photo. For Bates
Alumni Families and their Graduates!

Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall
2 p.m. Baccalaureate Service
Procession begins at 1:50pm

Historic Quadrangle
3:45 p.m. Honorand Panel Olin Arts Center Concert Hall
5:30 p.m. Scholar-Athlete Society Induction Alumni Gymnasium
5:30 p.m. One Year Reunion for the Class of 2011 Garcelon Field Tent

Sunday, May 27, 2012

7:30 – 9 a.m. Complimentary Breakfast Dining Commons
10 a.m. Commencement Historic Quadrangle
(rain or shine)
Picnic Lunch for graduates
and their families.
Ladd Library Quadrangle