Welcome, Parents!

We hope you find the information on these pages useful.

Please be in touch with any questions or needs you don’t find answers to here. Are you thinking about visiting? Are you wondering what’s happening on campus? You’ll find the Bates community welcoming and helpful — and you’ll find a lot of the answers you’re looking for right here.

Events with President Spencer

Tuesday, March 4: New York City, 7 PM, Museum of the City of New York
Thursday, March 6: San Francisco, 7 PM, The Box SF
Sunday, March 9: Los Angeles, 5 PM, Shutters on the Beach
Wednesday, March 12: Boston, 7 PM, State Room
Tuesday, April 29: Chicago, 6 PM, Café Brauer, Lincoln Park Zoo
Tuesday, May 13: Portland, Maine, 6 PM, Location TBD

For more information regarding the Signature Events with President Spencer, please click here.


Commencement 2014 will be held Sunday, May 25.
This is a very important time in the lives of graduating students and their families. The college is bustling with activities, including the student-designed Baccalaureate service, receptions and honor ceremonies, and the Commencement exercises, all of which capture the historical, ceremonial and traditional elements of this memorial weekend.

An updated schedule of weekend events is posted on the Commencement website each spring.

Future Commencement dates are:

  • Sunday, May 31, 2015
  • Sunday, May 29, 2016
  • Sunday, May 28, 2017

Summer Welcome Receptions

Please check back in late May for a list of locations and information on how to RSVP.

Parents & Family Weekend

Parents & Family Weekend 2014 will be held October 10-12. Check back later this summer for a preliminary schedule. We hope to see you on campus.
For slideshows from previous years, click here.