The Inauguration of Clayton Spencer
And it’s official!
President Spencer defines the challenges facing Bates and, by extension, much of private higher education, and suggests how Bates’ distinctive character will help the college vigorously respond.
Bates formally installed Ava Clayton Spencer, a woman described by her former boss as the “embodiment of Bates values,” as its eighth president before a gathering of 2,500 in Merrill Gymnasium on Friday afternoon.
Watch the complete video of the inauguration; also available are high-def segments of the installation ceremony.
Photographer and videographer Phyllis Graber Jensen offers an insider’s look at splendor, symbolism and humanity of inauguration, from the robing of the academic procession to the Spencer family gathering for a group photograph.
Photographs capture the traditions, people and exuberance of a Bates presidential inauguration, all on a gorgeous mid-fall weekend.
Friday morning’s two panel discussions feature a lively volleys of ideas and counter-ideas.
Watch as the Margaret Hopkins Merrill Gymnasium undergoes a transformation from sports venue to theatrical stage for the inauguration of Clayton Spencer.
The Bates College Chapel became the Peter J. Gomes Chapel on Oct. 25 as hundreds of friends and colleagues of the late preacher and teacher gathered to remember him in words and song, from Bach to Paganini to Gomes’ Harvard friend Carson Cooman.
Photographs reflecting the poignancy and celebration, musical offerings and spoken word, of the service for naming Peter J. Gomes Chapel on Oct. 25.