Gathering on the Historic Quad near the Class of 1929 Gate, the 2016 Alumni Parade went ’round the north side of Hathorn Hall before emerging onto the Alumni Walk, where it passed by the Presidential Reviewing Stand. It concluded next to Garcelon Field.
There, parade-goers attended the Annual Gathering of the Alumni Association, featuring President Clayton Spencer’s Reunion Address and a presentation of alumni awards.
For the 50th Reunion Class of 1966, the several hundred steps of the Alumni Parade were a trifle — compared to the 5,267 feet that eight hardy classmates scaled earlier in the week as a warmup to their golden jubilee.
When inaugurated in 1914, it was hoped that the Alumni Parade would become a “program of merrymaking” with a “historico-humorous parade of classes.” Mission accomplished!
The Class of 1951 turned to baseball for its existential parade theme, “Still at Bat.” (Or maybe they meant, still at Bates!)
As George Carlin said in a routine praising the sport, “Baseball begins in the spring, the season of new life…. Baseball has no time limit: We don’t know when it’s gonna end.”
Class of 1986 alumni including, from left, Kent Sinclair, Mike Schecter (with selfie stick), and Brad Hobbs give the Presidential Reviewing Stand a taste of vintage ’86.
“We have an incredibly rigorous reviewing stand…of East German judges,” quipped President Spencer. “We can be bought.”
In presenting various humorous awards after the parade, President Spencer quipped that the Class of 2001 “had the shortest people in the parade. And a lot of them. So, you get the ‘Most Prolific Award.’”
During the post-parade awards, President Spencer teased the Class of 2011: “You’re just trying to show up all of us old people in your muscle Ts. You get the most ripped award in your muscle T-shirts. So, you get the ‘Most Ripped Award.’”