Stories about "Commencement 2019"
2019 Baccalaureate:Saturday May 25, 20192:00 p.m.Historic Quad Francisco "Franky" Urueta of Facility Services delivered the Baccalaureate Address.Baccalaureate is a gathering of graduating seniors and their families and friends to celebrate the journey through Bates and beyond. The service speaks through the languages of many religions and spiritualities, and celebrates with poetry, music, dance, and reflection.Seniors process into the service in their gowns, and all friends and family are welcome to attend. Seating is first-come, first-served on folding chairs. The rain site is in Merrill gym. The procession begins at 1:50, with a musical prelude before. Graduates will process and recess through trellises adorned with “blessing tags” bearing well-wishes from parents and guardians. For those who have not mailed in blessing tags, there will be a table and supplies for creating and hanging the tags before the service.
Picture story: Baccalaureate 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019 11:49 am

Photographs from Baccalaureate 2019: an afternoon of reflection and celebration, of song and dance — a time to remember, rejoice, and give thanks.

21 years later, a Bates father and soon-to-graduate son re-enact a favorite family photo

Friday, May 31, 2019 10:25 am

Twenty-one years later, on the eve of Commencement, a Bates father and son re-enact a favorite family photo from October 1998.

2019 Baccalaureate:Saturday May 25, 20192:00 p.m.Historic Quad Francisco "Franky" Urueta of Facility Services delivered the Baccalaureate Address.Baccalaureate is a gathering of graduating seniors and their families and friends to celebrate the journey through Bates and beyond. The service speaks through the languages of many religions and spiritualities, and celebrates with poetry, music, dance, and reflection.Seniors process into the service in their gowns, and all friends and family are welcome to attend. Seating is first-come, first-served on folding chairs. The rain site is in Merrill gym. The procession begins at 1:50, with a musical prelude before. Graduates will process and recess through trellises adorned with “blessing tags” bearing well-wishes from parents and guardians. For those who have not mailed in blessing tags, there will be a table and supplies for creating and hanging the tags before the service.
Video: Franky Urueta, famous for fist bumps and kind words, delivers 2019 Baccalaureate Address

Friday, May 31, 2019 9:11 am

Elected to speak by the Class of 2019, Urueta is a well-known Bates custodian, always greeting students with a kind word and his signature fist bumps.

Video: 2019 Commencement in 14 convenient segments

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:41 am

From processional to recessional, watch video clips of the entire 153rd Bates Commencement, held May 26, 2019.

Slideshow: Commencement 2019 moments from 7:36 a.m. to 12:12 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 1:46 pm

Moment by moment, see the Class of 2019 graduate — with the people who got them there by their side.

Family, friends, faith, fun — Commencement mortarboard art from six seniors

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 1:40 pm

“Because of you, I get to walk.”

Jennifer Doudna, pioneer and leading public voice of CRISPR gene-editing research, to deliver 2019 Commencement Address, joined by honorands Travis Mills and Megan Smith

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 9:12 am

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