Stories about "Commencement 2023"
Video: Ready for their 2023 Bates Commencement closeups

Friday, June 2, 2023 2:20 pm

As bleary-eyed seniors slowly arrived on Commencement morning, we were there, inviting them to pose for slow-motion portraits. Slow no more!

Video: ‘Do you drink the water or the wave?’ asks Baccalaureate speaker Chris Schiff

Friday, June 2, 2023 11:49 am

It's a line from a postmodern novel: “Which do you drink? The water or the wave?” We plan to drink the water. But then the waves come crashing, says Chris Schiff in his Baccalaureate address.

Slideshow: Hour by hour with the Bates Class of 2023 on Commencement day

Thursday, June 1, 2023 4:18 pm

"A great, unpretentious, family-style Commencement!" is how a livestream viewer from Santa Fe, N.M., described this year's Bates graduation. Here's how it went, hour by hour.

Bates Class of 2023 ivy stone points to the future

Thursday, May 25, 2023 3:03 pm

The Class of 2023 ivy stone was designed by Abby Segal, who is a professional magician. But there’s no dazzling illusion in the design, just simple storytelling about a class navigating COVID.

Q&A: Bates Commencement senior speaker Rishi Madnani discovered a ‘big part of who I am’ at Bates

Thursday, May 25, 2023 10:42 am

This year's Senior Address at Commencement will be offered by Rishi Madnani ‘23 of Langhorne, Pa., who came to Bates with two major expectations about his path forward. And both were upended.

Picture Story: A sweet Bates ritual that binds the Class of 2023

Friday, May 19, 2023 2:34 pm

Senior savor a rite of passage. It’s a college ritual like none other. (Trust us: We've checked.)

J. Drew Lanham to deliver 2023 Bates College Commencement address joined by fellow honorands Michael Lewis, Julieanna Richardson, and Shankar Vedantam

Friday, April 14, 2023 8:00 am

Author The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, Lanham is a MacArthur Fellowship–winning ecologist, ornithologist, and inclusive wilderness advocate.