Multimedia: Commencement Weekend 2013

Welcome to complete multimedia coverage of Commencement Weekend 2013 at Bates College, including full video of the Commencement ceremony on May 26.

Commencement and Baccalaureate Video Scenes

Video scenes from Baccalaureate (May 25) and Commencement (May 26). Mike Bradley/Bates College.

Commencement Slide Show

Images from Commencement 2013 (May 26). Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.


More Still Photographs

See Baccalaureate 2013 photographs.

See more Commencement 2013 photographs.


Commencement Tumblr

For more video and photographs from senior week, see Bates Commencement Tumblr.

Complete Commencement Video

Scroll down to see a selection of nine high definition video clips from Commencement 2013 on May 26.

1. Commencement Processional

The processional is led by Mace Bearer and Professor of Sociology Sawyer Frederick Sylvester

2. President’s Welcome

President A. Clayton Spencer welcomes the gathering: “This is the moment we gather as a community to celebrate the accomplishments and aspirations of the Class of 2013, when they let us dream with them about what they will do and who they will become.”

3. Senior Address

As he did for his friends in the days before Commencement, Thomas James Holmberg III offers a love letter to Bates.

4. Presentation of Honorands

President Spencer welcomes “four extraordinary individuals with whom our graduates will share the distinction of a Bates degree”: William Cronon, Elaine Tuttle Hansen, Gary Hirshberg and Vivian Pinn.

5. Commencement Address

Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm Organic Yogurt, tells the graduates: “The bottom line is that many of the so-called experts have been wrong and now need to be second-guessed. And that is actually your job.”

6. Presentation of the Candidates for Degrees and Conferral of Degrees

Bachelor’s degrees are presented to 436 students: 234 women and 202 men, including 39 from Maine, 178 from the other five New England states, 171 from 28 other U.S. states, and 48 international students from 29 countries.

7. Alumni Association Welcome and Presentation of Senior Gift

Alumni Association President Jennifer Lemkin Bouchard ’99 welcomes the new alumni: “For the rest of your lives, you and your classmates will be members of a community of 24,000 proud Bates alumni.” And, the Class of 2013 Senior Gift totals nearly $18,000 with a 92 percent participation.

8. Benediction

The Rev. William E. Blaine-Wallace urges the graduates to shun complacency and stay in touch with the inner voices that urge something better.

9. Recessional

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