LEWISTON, MAINE – Mallory Cohen, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Cohen of Framingham, graduated after majoring in sociology and dance at Bates. She is a 2013 graduate of Framingham High School.
Bates College graduated 460 students from 38 states and 36 countries. Cumulatively, the Class of 2017 performed 80,000 hours of community service, exemplifying Bates’ commitment to community learning and civic action.
Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone delivered the address at Bates’ 151st commencement ceremony on May 28. In his speech, Canada called upon the graduating class to be champions for social progress. “My time is running out and there is so much to do. I wish I could stand before you today and say that my generation is leaving you a country that is better than the one we inherited from our parents,” Canada said. “The work we don’t complete that attempts to make this a better country, the next generation will finish it.”
Canada was joined by fellow honorands U.S. Senator Susan Collins R-Maine, Doctor of Human Letters; Patrick Dempsy, actor, philanthropist and Lewiston native, Doctor of Human Letters; and Wanda Corn ’62 art historian, Doctor of Fine Arts.
Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading college of the liberal arts, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world. Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community.