Rites of Passage

Welcome Circle During Orientation

Information for fall 2017 is forthcoming
A circle of word, silence, and ritual to welcome first-years to campus in a spirit of peace, anticipation, and joy.


Annual Memorial Service and Tree Planting

Tuesday September 5, 2017 at roughly 12:30 p.m. on the Quad (follows 11:00 a.m. Convocation; rain location Gomes Chapel).
After Convocation, on the Quad, we remember faculty, staff, and students who have died during the previous year.


Back to Bates (Family and Homecoming) Weekend Interfaith Service

Information for fall 2017 is forthcoming 
Held during Parents and Family Weekend, this interfaith service brings together word, song, and ritual from various traditions, as well as a message from a Bates parent. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation.


Annual Memorial Service and Tree Planting