Reunion Essentials

By air: Major airlines serve the Portland International Jetport. Transportation to and from regional airports is available from Mermaid Transportation (800-696-2463 or; offers special Bates fares and event schedules) and Excalibur Limousine (800-317-8256).
By bus: Concord Coach Lines (800-639-3317) connects Portland with Boston’s South Station and Logan Airport. Greyhound Lines (800-451-3292 or connects Lewiston with Portland and major cities outside Maine.

By car: All travelers, use the Maine Turnpike’s Exit 80. Northbound travelers, at the traffic light at the end of the off-ramp, turn left onto Alfred A. Plourde Parkway. Southbound travelers, bear right onto Plourde Parkway. Stay on Plourde straight to the traffic light at the intersection of Plourde and Pleasant; continue on Plourde six-tenths of a mile to the light at Webster Street. Turn left onto Webster and travel one mile to the light at Farwell Street. Turn right onto Farwell and proceed six-tenths of a mile to the traffic light. Head straight across the intersection onto Russell Street. Russell Street forms the northeast border of campus.

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Over the weekend, families may park anywhere they can find a legal spot on campus or nearby public streets. The campus lot that is biggest and typically has the most free spaces is located between Underhill Arena and the Russell Street Track (enter from Russell Street). If your first stop is the Registration Center in the New Commons Building, park on Central Avenue.

When you Arrive on Campus
Please make the New Commons Building your first stop. You will find your meal tickets, room keys, and Reunion schedule at the registration center. Registration will be open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Thursday for the 50th Reunion class. Registration for all other classes will be open from 8 a.m.-midnight on Friday and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Reunion Weekend Housing
Various housing options are available for alumni attending Reunion. For those who prefer to stay on campus, Reunion classes will be housed together in dormitories whenever possible. Register by end of day on April 17 for the best chance to be housed with classmates.

Dormitory accommodations feature bathrooms down the hall from your room. Linens, including sheets, a blanket, pillow, and towels are provided for each bed. Dormitories are not air-conditioned and all beds are twin-sized. We encourage you to bring the following items: reading lamp, hangers, small fan, alarm clock, and extra blankets or pillows if needed. Please note that dormitory accommodations are very basic and offer few amenities.

Local Accommodations
A list of local hotels, motels and inns can be found at  If you are staying off-campus, you will receive an access card to the dormitory that your class is staying in so that you can access the hospitality lounge.

Housing Assignments
Dormitories are assigned in late May once Bates knows how many alumni from each class are registered for Reunion. Assignments are based on the capacity of the dorms and the number of alumni returning from each class.

Emergency Contact Information
In the event of an emergency, or if someone needs to reach you during Reunion, campus security can be reached at 207-786-6254.

Don’t Forget
• Bring your camera, scrapbooks, Bates memorabilia, music, and anything else that will make the weekend special.
• June weather can be unpredictable; we recommend bringing a light jacket, raincoat or umbrella, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent.
• Bates’ athletic facilities and fields will be open throughout Reunion Weekend; bring your suit/racket/softball glove/running shoes/Frisbee, etc., and check out the program guide when you arrive for open times.
• If your children are enrolled in Camp Bates, you may wish to bring a cell phone so you can be reached if necessary.

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