Rites of Passage

Annual Memorial Service and Tree Planting


Welcome Circle During Orientation

Sunday September 4, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the Peter J. Gomes Chapel
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 6, 2016 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

Sunday October 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Peter J. Gomes Chapel.
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.