Schedule

This preliminary schedule is subject to change. Please check back frequently for updates. 

Thursday, June 8

Thursday activities are only open to the 50th Reunion class. On-campus housing on Thursday night is available to all classes. 

11:30am–10pm
Welcome Center
Your first stop — pick up your name tag, room keys, and schedule.
Commons

11:45am–1:15pm
Lunch for the 50th Reunion Class
Commons

6pm
Welcome Reception and Dinner for the 50th Reunion Class
Commons

Friday, June 9

7–9:30am
Breakfast
Commons

8–9am
Breakfast with the President for the 50th Reunion Class
Pettengill Hall

8am–midnight
Welcome Center
Commons

9:15–11:30am
50th Reunion Seminars
Enjoy stimulating presentations and panel discussions sponsored by the 50th Reunion Class.
Open to all classes.

10am–4pm
Outing Club: Coastal Hike at Bates–Morse Mountain Conservation Area
A guided hike through Bates’ 600-acre coastal conservation area, boasting spectacular views of the Atlantic and access to Seawall Beach. Transportation provided from campus.

11am–noon
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

11:30am–1:15pm
Lunch
Commons

11:30am
Reunion Golf Outing
Buffet lunch at 11:30am, tee times starting at 12:30pm. Hosted by the Friends of Bates Athletics.
Martindale Country Club, Auburn

1–2pm
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

1:30–4:15pm
50th Reunion Seminars
Enjoy stimulating presentations and panel discussions sponsored by the 50th Reunion Class.
Open to all classes.

Opens at 2pm
Bates Museum of Art

5–6pm
Annual Meeting of the College Key
Open to members of the College Key.

5:30–8:30pm
Reunion Lobster Bake
Commons

7–9pm
Museum Reception
Dessert and wine will be served.
Olin Arts Center, Museum of Art

8:30pm–1am
Bobcat Beer Garden
Late night at the Den — come enjoy local favorites and Bates-inspired beverages.
The Bobcat Den

9pm
Fireworks
Enjoy spectacular fireworks at the Florence Keigwin Amphitheater on the shore of Lake Andrews.
Olin Arts Center Terrace

Saturday, June 10

7–10:30am
Breakfast
Commons

8am–7pm
Welcome Center
Commons

8:30–9:15am
Memorial 5K Run/Walk
Alumni Walk

9–10am
Adult Tennis Clinic
Come play tennis at an all-levels clinic with Head Tennis Coach Paul Gastonguay ’89.
James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Center

9:30–10:15am
A Personal Perspective on the Art of Andrew Wyeth
Victoria Wyeth ’01, Andrew Wyeth’s only grandchild, offers an illustrated talk with insights on her grandfather’s art and personal anecdotes from years of conversations with her grandfather. 

9:30–10:30am
Camp Bates: Story Time with Author-Illustrator Matt Tavares ’97

Join award-winning children’s book author-illustrator Matt Tavares ’97 for a reading of Zachary’s Ball, and hear the story of how his senior thesis at Bates became his first published picture book. Matt will also give a behind-the-scenes look at his process of writing and illustrating children’s books, followed by a drawing demonstration and question time.

11am
Alumni Parade
Show your class spirit in the Alumni Parade! March, ride, or dance through a crowd of cheering Bates alumni and friends.
Historic Quad and Alumni Walk

11:30am
Presidential Address and Annual Gathering of the Alumni Association
Tent alongside Garcelon Field

Noon–2:30pm
Barbecue Picnic Lunch
A relaxed barbecue picnic for all ages.
Ladd Library Quad

Noon–4pm
Reunion Tennis Celebration
Join coaches and tennis alumni for an afternoon of matches and a celebration of Head Coach Paul Gastonguay’s 20 years at Bates.
James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Center

1–3pm or 3–5pm
Outing Club: Paddle on the Androscoggin
Enjoy a tranquil paddle from the new Bates Boathouse in Greene, home to Bates Rowing, and explore the shore of the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park.

2–3:30pm
Alumni Choir Rehearsal
All alumni and guests are welcome to join the choir, which will provide music for the Memorial Service on Sunday. John Corrie, who has led the Bates College Choir since 1986, will direct the group.
Gomes Chapel

2–3:45pm
Kate Gilmore: In Your Way
Join artist Kate Gilmore ’97 for a lecture about her recent work Kate Gilmore: In Your Way, on exhibit at Bates June 9–October 7, 2017. Kate’s multimedia work explores feminist themes and modern and contemporary art tropes. It features eight performances — seven video and one live commissioned by the Bates College Museum of Art. The live performance will follow Kate’s lecture.
Olin Concert Hall and Museum of Art

3–4pm
Tours of the Campus Avenue Residence Halls
Take a tour of the college’s new residence halls, Chu Hall and Kalperis Hall, including the new Bates College Store.

3:15–4pm
Camp Bates: “Andy’s Animals” Exploring Andrew Wyeth’s Depictions of Animals

Join Victoria Wyeth ’01, the grandchild of American artist Andrew Wyeth, for an interactive and family-friendly art activity. Victoria draws on her experience leading children’s programs at arts museums across the country and offers a unique approach to the creative process.

4–5pm
President’s Reception
A special gathering with President Spencer to recognize Reunion volunteers and alumni who have made Mount David Society-level gifts to the college in honor of this milestone year. By invitation only.

5:30–8:30pm
Class Dinners

8–11pm
Reunion Gala
Dance the night away with the Larry Williams Band, a rock ‘n’ roll cover band playing hits from across the generations.
Tent on Ladd Library Quad

Sunday, June 11

7am–noon
Checkout
Commons

7am–noon
Brunch
Commons

7:30–9:30am
Outing Club: Nature Walk at Thorncrag
Enjoy a morning hike through this 357-acre bird sanctuary and wildlife preserve. The highest point in the city, Thorncrag offers great views, spring wildflowers, and excellent birding.

10am
Alumni Memorial Service
A time to celebrate the lives of Bates community members who passed away during the past year. The Alumni Choir will perform.
Gomes Chapel

11:30–2:30pm (or 4pm)
Outing Club: Hike Mount Pisgah and Wilson Pond Woods in Winthrop and Wayne
Hike an easy-to-moderate two-mile trail to the summit of 807-foot Mount Pisgah. The 60-foot fire tower at the top offers outstanding view of forests, lakes, and the White Mountains. Afterward, you may depart or continue on for Tubby’s ice cream and a hike along the shores of Wilson Pond.

Noon
Residence Halls Close
Safe Travels!