Tuesday, September 6th


7:00 a.m. Add/Drop period for Fall Semester courses opens

If you need to make changes to your fall course schedule the registration system opens in Garnet Gateway at 7:00am. Entry into courses is on a space available basis.

Garnet Gateway
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Brunch with Common Read Discussion by First-Year Center

This I Believe, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

Business casual dress requested for morning activities.


(Seated by Center)

10:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m. Class of 2020 Photo Commons
11:00 a.m. Convocation

Dan Gediman, co-editor of This I Believe (2007) and executive producer of NPR’s “This I Believe” radio program

Historic Quad
Following Convocation Memorial Tree Planting with Multifaith Chaplain Historic Quad

(Near Carnegie Hall and Coram Library)

12:00 p.m. Campus Barbecue Library Quad

(between Library and Alumni Gym)

2:00 p.m. Department of Theater and Dance Open House Schaeffer Theater
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Active Ally Training (all classes welcome)

Additional Fall Semester Trainings will be offered on 9/19, 10/3, and 11/7

Pettengill Hall, G52

(Keck Classroom)

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Orientation Week Leader (OWL) Led Events:

See all OWL events and add them to your personal calendar!


 4:00 p.m.  Arts Tour

A guided tour of our amazing arts spaces on campus and learn more about the variety of opportunities available to you to engage with arts at Bates.


 Departing from Schaeffer Theater
5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. International Students: Academics and Social Patterns in a New Place

Required for all international students

 Commons 221/222
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner Commons
8:00 p.m. Moonlight A Capella Concert Keigwin Amphitheater

(rain location: Gomes Chapel)

10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Late Night at The Ronj

Visit our student-run campus coffeehouse and get ready to laugh with the Strange Bedfellows, Bates’ very own improv comedy group.Wear your class tee-shirt and receive a free chai courtesy of Campus Life!

The Ronj Coffeehouse