Batesí 148th Commencement ceremony itself takes place at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 25, on the Historic Quad, Campus Avenue and College Street (or Merrill Gym in case of rain).

Some 448 students will receive bachelorís degrees, and President A. Clayton Spencer will confer honorary degrees on four notable Americans:

    John Seely Brown, visionary thinker and computer scientist;
    Glenn Close, renowned actress;
    David Shaw Pí00, leading entrepreneur;
    Isabel Wilkerson, Commencement speaker and author of the acclaimed social history The Warmth of Other Suns.


Her mentor retires, and Caitrin Lynch ’89 reflects on Steve Kemper’s lessons on equity and justice:

Thumbs up: Jon Cavallero’s top 30 films of the decade:

Paula Schlax and Travis Gould awarded major grant for Lyme disease research:

As Jane Retires: Costlow reflects on her final year of teaching in an ongoing series:

And also see:

What I look forward to teaching: Meredith Greer on sine curves and daylight:

Carl Straub, who transformed the Bates faculty and curriculum, has died:

Six classic texts by Carl Straub:

The reach of Krista Aronson’s Diverse Book Finder broadens:

Creativity, discipline, collaboration: Joëlle Morris on why we should be singing:

Tom Wenzel honored for outstanding contributions to chemistry education:

Hiroya Miura’s new concerto and opera are premiered:

Alex Diamond-Stanic makes astronomical discoveries in a galaxy far, far away: 

Martin Andrucki on directing Maine playwright John Cariani’s Love/Sick:

Faculty and students see the potential of open educational resources:

Holly Ewing plays a pivotal role in a four-state, $6-million NSF Cyanobacteria study:

A brilliant career: Following Jane Costlow’s last year of teaching:

Slingbacks to work boots: Chris McDowell collaborates on a new exhibition at Museum L-A:

Therí Pickens’ new book, Black Madness:Mad Blackness offers new perspectives on blackness and disability:

Bobcat 339! Andrew Kennedy and students invent a promising new molecule:

Cliff Odle’s play, The Petition, performed at Boston’s Old State House, explores slavery and freedom:

Kroepsch Teaching Award winner Stephanie Kelley-Romano takes on conspiracy theories:

Ethan Miller ’00 of Environmental Studies reflects on how to live in the world:

Museum of Art wins $192,000 grant to study Marsden Hartley Collection:

Five Bates professors share what they are most excited to teach students this fall:

Dolores Huerta strikes a chord with inspirational Convocation speech to the Class of 2023:

Bates announces four faculty promotions for 2019-20:

Neuroscience Assistant Professor Michelle Greene takes the lead on the largest-ever federal grant awarded to Bates for a project focused on a groundbreaking Visual Experience Database:

New Director of Morse Mountain Conservation Area and Short Ridge Coastal Center announced: