The Course of 2022 collected for their course photograph at Garcelon Field this morning. Wrapping up a college career is challenging work, but the seniors did a good position, showing up only fashionably late.
Here’s a time-lapse online video of how it went down:
The class photograph integrated toasts with sparkling wine that had been shipped in two instructions. Longtime Bates dean James Reese toasted the seniors, saluting their resilience and accomplishment. Then the seniors were being questioned to toast the incoming Class of 2026.
At to start with, with great humor, the seniors — certainly not all set to give up their seniority just nonetheless — booed rather lustily when Christine Schwartz, associate vice president for eating, conferences, and campus activities, questioned them to welcome the shortly-to-be Bates newcomers.
Following all, when just one class comes, 1 leaves.
But superior spirits prevailed, the seniors elevated their cups higher, and the toast was created. Right after a cheer of “Great Working day to be a Bobcat!” yet another ritual of Commencement was in the books.
Then everybody departed Garcelon, significantly a lot quicker than back in May well 1960, when the once-a-year all-school photograph — everybody: college students, faculty, and workers — was pranked. A fence encircled Garcelon Field in individuals days, and in the course of the photograph session a person chained and locked all the exits.
“And no one particular experienced keys,” recalled famous Bates admission dean Milton Lindholm ’35 back again in 2005. “Then somebody remembered the basement door to Alumni Health club. It took an hour for us all to depart, solitary file, by means of the locker space and out to the campus. It was a prank in the very best perception: no harm was carried out.”