As the college year ticks down to a close (the end of the giving year is June 30), here’s a top-10 countdown of the Bates News stories, from last August to now, with the most views.

10. A year ahead of schedule, Bates achieves carbon neutrality (May 16, 2019)

Out of some 700 U.S. colleges and universities to sign a carbon-neutrality pledge in 2007, Bates is one of only seven to date that have reached that goal.

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A day in the life of Pettengill Hall, featuring staff, faculty and students engaged in learning, studying, and working, with both internal and external images.Looking through the windows of the second floor AAACS lounge toward the Cutten smokestack.

Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College


9. Bates announces largest-ever group of Fulbright Student award offers (May 22, 2019)

Twenty-five Bates students and alumni have been offered Fulbright awards for 2019–20, matching the college’s record from 2017.

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Fullbright 2018-2019 logo


8. Bates announces Commencement speaker for 2019 (March 27, 2019)

An internationally renowned biochemist, Commencement speaker Jennifer Doudna is a leading public voice in the emerging discussion of the societal and ethical implications of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology.

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Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College

Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College


7. Applications to Bates set record for second straight year (Feb. 28, 2018)

For the Class of 2023 that arrives this August, the college received a record-setting 8,222 applications, topping last year’s record total by 7 percent.

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6. An annual summer favorite, the 2019 Good Reads reading list is here (May 30, 2019)

Science fiction, magical realism, history, politics, graphic novels — whatever gets you reading till your eyes are sore or sleepy, the Bates community has a book recommendation for you.

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Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College

Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College


5. Meet Navy Capt. J.J. Cummings ’89, commander of the world’s largest aircraft carrier (Aug. 16, 2018)

The U.S. has 11 nuclear-powered carriers, and a Bates grad commands one of them: the USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navy’s newest and the world’s largest carrier.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric M. Butler

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric M. Butler


4. Bates announces tenure decisions and faculty promotions (Aug. 10, 2018)

The faculty promotions offer “outstanding examples of the consequential scholarship and creative work going on at Bates,” said Dean of the Faculty Malcolm Hill.

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Bates’ 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 bachelor’s 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 P’00, leading entrepreneur; Isabel Wilkerson, Commencement speaker and author of the acclaimed social history The Warmth of Other Suns.

Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College


3. Favorite 2018 images from Bates photographers Phyllis Graber Jensen and Theophil Syslo (Jan. 1, 2019)

Our fourth annual Bates Photographers’ Favorites list featured 20 photographs from 2018 that tried to answer the question, “What makes a photograph your favorite?”

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Theophil Syslo/Bates College

Theophil Syslo/Bates College


2. Eighteen years later, two Bates friends return to campus to tie the knot (Sept. 13, 2019)

Another summer weekend, another alumni wedding in the Gomes Chapel. But this time, we were there to tell the story, of best Bates friends who became much more.

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Bates alumni Elizabeth Merrill '00 and Lawson Rudasill '00 were married in the Bates College Chapel, with a "first look" and Ketubah (marriage contract) signing at Lake Andrews, followed by a cocktail hour in Commons' Fireplace Lounge, and a reception in Pettengill Hall's Perry Atrium. The ceremony officiants were Cynthia Link '00 and Ed Pauker '00.

Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College


1. The incoming Class of 2022 “represents history” (Aug. 24, 2018)

The celebration began with a record number of admission applications. It peaked in August as the 550 members of the Class of 2022 arrived on campus.

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Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College

Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College

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