Live at Bates
What: 154th Bates Commencement
When: Noon, Eastern Daylight Time, May 31, 2020
Where: The ceremony will be conducted remotely via livestream.
The ceremony will be conducted remotely via livestream. The livestream will be public — any friends and family members will be able to watch. The complete video will be available for replay immediately afterward on Facebook and YouTube.
You can use the embedded video below to test your device’s compatibility and internet connection — if it plays OK, you’re all set. If your device isn’t compatible with Facebook, you can also try watching the livestream at livestream.com.
Order of Exercises
“My Spirit Be Joyful,” by J.S. Bach
Hathorn Bell tolls 12 times.
A. Clayton Spencer, President
Alexandria Chidera Onuoha
Celebrated for her dedication to human connection, Vanessa German is a powerful and versatile artist whose unparalleled work celebrates human connection and examines race, feminism, poverty, violence, and injustice. Her exhibition and residency at the Bates Museum of Art was a triumph of the Class of 2020’s senior year.
Presentation of Candidates for Degrees
Malcolm S. Hill, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean Hill, on behalf of the Bates faculty, asks the class to stand and presents the class to President Spencer for conferral of degrees.
Conferral of Degrees
President Spencer confers the bachelor of arts degree or bachelor of science degree. Dean Hill reads the names of all graduating seniors, in alphabetical order. Accompanying the reading of each senior’s name will be a display of their photograph, hometown, and academic major.
After the final name, President Spencer asks the members of the graduating class to move their tassels from right to left, thereby signifying the degree.
Brittany Longsdorf, Multifaith Chaplain
At the end of the benediction, Hathorn Bell tolls for 30 seconds.
Steel Pan Band