Stories about "convocation"
Lining up for Convocation, five Bates professors share what they’re excited to teach

Thursday, September 5, 2019 3:34 pm

A redesigned chemistry course, a class for costume designers, and the "exciting and frightening" relevance of constitutional law.

Convocation speaker Dolores Huerta to the Class of ’23: ‘We have the power’

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 4:04 pm

Not every Bates academic year begins with a legend of the American labor movement leading a chant of “Yes we can!”

Convocation, held at 11 a.m. today on the Historic Quad, “provided Bates with an opportunity to welcome the Class of 2022, to celebrate the opening of the college, and to consider, as a community, our shared goals and hopes for the academic year,” said President Clayton Spencer..Led by the College Mace Bearer Michael Murray, Phillips Processor of Economics, the Convocation procession included President Spencer, Student Body President Walter Washington '19 of Fleetwood, N.Y., and Associate Professor of History Joe Hall..According to Spencer, “the College has resuscitated what was once a Convocation tradition at Bates: asking the outgoing senior class to select a faculty speaker for the incoming freshman class.” In this case, the Class of 2018 chose Hall to address the Class of 2022 -- and the entire Bates community. His talk was titled, “Questions for Bates.”.Immediately following Convocation, members of the Bates community attended a brief tree-planting ceremony, on the Quad behind Carnegie Science, held in memory of those in the Bates community who died during the past year. The ceremony was followed by a lunch will be served on the Library Quad for the college community.
Video: For Walter Washington ’19, “it started with taking an opportunity”

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 11:09 am

An award-winning senior, Washington offers advice to Batesies just starting out.

Convocation 2018 remarks: Associate Professor of History Joseph Hall

Friday, September 7, 2018 10:24 am

Associate Professor of History Joseph Hall explores Bates’ complicated early history and its implications for us

Picture story: The academic year kicks off

Friday, September 7, 2018 9:03 am

See all the photography of Orientation Week, from Opening Day to Convocation to the women's soccer season opener.

Convocation 2018 remarks: Student Government President Walter Washington ’19

Thursday, September 6, 2018 5:28 pm

Make your education go hand in hand with making change, the Bates student government president tells the Class of 2022.

2018 Convocation: Practice empathy — and let it transform you

Thursday, September 6, 2018 11:05 am

At Bates’ 2018 Convocation, the theme of making a difference in the world gained a sharp new urgency.

Convocation remarks: President Clayton Spencer

Friday, September 8, 2017 1:28 pm

"I cannot remember a time in my professional experience when matters of context and principle have intruded so insistently into the project of teaching the next generation of students."

Walter Washington ’19 welcomes the Class of 2021 at Convocation

Friday, September 8, 2017 1:14 pm

"There is no way, absolutely no way, that I could have persevered through such an ordeal without being a part of the community that is Bates."

Bates’ memorial tree planting embraces the ‘sacred tension’ of gratitude and grief

Friday, September 8, 2017 12:25 pm

“It’s actually a beautiful gesture to say, dead or alive, you’re still a part of the Bates community,” says Multifaith Chaplain Brittany Longsdorf.

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