Family Weekend Schedule

We’re delighted to share this schedule with families to help you plan your Back to Bates visit. We will continue to add details, event times, and more.

  • A note on tickets: While we are back to pre-pandemic capacities for all weekend activities, high interest this year means that many ticketed offerings are at or near capacity. If an event is sold out, we encourage you to make backup plans and enjoy the many activities throughout the weekend that do not require tickets. 
  • Registration closed at 5 pm Eastern on Friday, Sept. 23.
  • Any families wishing to register after 5 pm Eastern on Friday, Sept. 23 should do so by using the walk-in option at the Family Welcome Center under the Library Arcade from 2-9 pm on Friday, Sept. 30, or from 7 am-8 pm on Saturday, Oct. 1. We do not anticipate tickets to the Harvest Dinner will be available to walk-ins, so please be sure to make alternate dining arrangements.
  • Dining in Commons during the course of Family Weekend is open to Bates students with ID only.

Questions? Reach out to us at backtobates@bates.edu. We look forward to seeing you at Back to Bates: Family Weekend!

*Current as of September 23, 2022

Friday, September 30

Time Event Description
10 am-5 pmBates Museum of Art
Fall exhibit: Pedagogy

This fall’s exhibition focuses on the essence of the museum’s role on campus: to support the academic mission of Bates. As an academic museum at a liberal arts college, the Museum of Art and its exhibitions, collections, stewardship, and interpretation bring a world of ideas to campus that enhances the vitality of the intellectual and cultural life of Bates, the surrounding communities, and beyond.
2-9 pmWelcome Center
Location: Library Arcade

Make this your first stop when you arrive on campus to pick up name tags and pre-ordered tickets or to register as a walk-in.
3-4:15 pmJoint Ventures: Student-Faculty Partnerships in Teaching, Research, and the Arts
Malcolm Hill, Dean of the Faculty, moderator
Location: Pettengill G54 (Keck Classroom)

Faculty at a liberal arts college are committed to teaching undergraduates, but they go above and beyond to engage students in dynamic, meaningful work in their field, whether that is helping to develop a course, engaging with the local community, conducting cutting-edge research, or creating unique spaces for artistic exploration and production. In this session, faculty members will talk about their collaborative work with students, the discoveries they all make, and the benefits of these partnerships.

Panelists:

Lori Banks, Assistant Professor of Biology
Learning through Community Engagement: Teaching Nutrition at Lewiston Middle School

Asha Tamirisa, Assistant Professor of Music
Exploring Music and Technology: Creating a Sound Studio

Joe Hall, Associate Professor of History, and Anelise Shrout, Assistant Professor of Digital and Computational Studies
Student-Faculty Research: Reckoning with the Bates Origin Story
4:30-5:45 pmStudent summer research poster session
Location: Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall
DinnerCommons will be open for Bates ID holders only. 

Your student will be excited to eat off-campus with you! Families should make local dining arrangements as soon as possible; this list is a good place to start.
6:30-8 pmShabbat Evening Services and Dinner 
Location: Library Quad Tent

Free but advanced sign-up required. In partnership with the Jewish Student Union. Jewish student leaders will lead a Shabbat service before dinner is served. We are pleased to share that because this Shabbat falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a visiting student rabbi will also be with us.
7 pmBates Volleyball vs. Trinity College
Location: Alumni Gym
8:30 pmAcapella group performances
Location: Gray Athletic Building

Join us for the return of an all-time campus favorite event and enjoy performances by Bates acapella groups. No tickets needed, but the venue has a capacity of 1,000. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
NOTERestrooms can be found at Merrill GymBenjamin Mays Center, and Gray Athletic Building.

Saturday, October 1

Time Event Description
10 am-5 pmBates Museum of Art
Fall exhibit: Pedagogy

This fall’s exhibition focuses on the essence of the museum’s role on campus: to support the academic mission of Bates. As an academic museum at a liberal arts college, the Museum of Art and its exhibitions, collections, stewardship, and interpretation bring a world of ideas to campus that enhances the vitality of the intellectual and cultural life of Bates, the surrounding communities, and beyond.
7 am-8 pmWelcome Center
Location: Library Arcade

Make this your first stop when you arrive on campus to pick up name tags and pre-ordered tickets! This is also where you can register as a walk-in.
MorningAdmission Tours
Location: Lindholm House

Bates will run its usual Saturday schedule of admission tours. Learn more if you have a Bobcat sibling interested in signing up for a tour.
7:30 am – 2:30pmFamily Grab-n-Go Coffee
Location: Library Arcade

Stop by for a quick cup of coffee and hit the ground running for Family Weekend! Muffins provided until 9:30 am.
8-9 amVolunteer with Bates!
Location: Fireplace Lounge (Commons, 1st floor)

Network with current parent volunteers and find out more about volunteering with Bates. Light refreshments provided. Free, but advanced sign-up is encouraged.
8-9 amKripalu Yoga 
Location: Commons 221/222

Start your day with a Kripalu yoga session led by Katia Ryan ’23, one of the student organizers of Bates Yoga Kula. This is an all-levels yoga class, and beginners are welcome. Bring your yoga mat, if available, but we will have extras. Limit 25 participants.
9:30-10:30 amQ&A with President Spencer and Senior Leaders
Location: Olin Auditorium

Join us as President Spencer reflects on Bates today and what lies ahead for the academic year. She will be joined by Josh McIntosh, Vice President for Campus Life, and Malcolm Hill, Vice President for Academic Affairs. This session will be moderated by Tracey Reeves, Vice President for Communications and Marketing.
10:45-11:45 amFamilies of 2023 gathering
Location: Dana Hall Living Room

This year, Bates will launch the inaugural Senior Parent Gift program, which this year will raise funds to name the Dana Hall Living Room. Join other senior class families to tour this newly renovated space, which has quickly become a vibrant gathering spot that seniors and their fellow students use for studying, group work, meeting with professors and mentors, and more.
11 amWomen’s Soccer vs. Trinity
Location: Russell Street Field
11 amField Hockey vs. Trinity
Location: Central Avenue Field
11 amCross Country: Maine State Meet
Location: Away at Saxl Park, Bangor, ME
11:30 am-2:30 pmBBQ Lunch
Location: Commons Tent, with seating in the Bardwell Tent

Tickets: $20 per adult, $15 for children ages 12 and under. Bates students must present their ID.

If you did not register for the BBQ by 5 pm on Sept. 23, please be aware that limited walk-in tickets will be available.
1 pmAn Artistic Showcase, presented by the Theater and Dance Department
Location: Plavin Dance Studio

Bates students are brimming with talent and artistic excellence. This showcase will present a sampling of all things awesome, cool, and downright nifty. Kick off your shoes (really, we want to protect our Marley floor) and join in what will be a fantastic Back to Bates arts bonanza!

Tickets are available now through the Theater and Dance Department.
1 pmBates Volleyball vs. Wesleyan University
Location: Alumni Gym
1:30 pmMen’s Soccer vs. Trinity
Location: Russell Street Field
2-3 pmPurposeful Work: Student Panel
Location: Pettengill G21

Preparing students for lives of meaningful work lies at the heart of the liberal arts mission. Join us as a panel of students discusses their Summer 2022 internship experiences as part of this signature Bates program.
2:30 pmMen’s Rugby vs. Bowdoin College
Location: Garcelon Field
4-5 pmMOSAIC Families Networking
Location: Bonney Science Center Living Room

Bates MOSAIC Families seeks to build community among the family members, guardians, and support networks of underrepresented racial, ethnic, LGBTQIA+, first-generation-to-college, and international Bates students. Free, but advanced sign-up is encouraged.
5:30-8 pmJoin us for the return of the Harvest Dinner!
Location: Gray Athletic Building
Capacity: 750

This high-demand event has reached capacity. If you are on the waitlist, please make alternate plans for dinner. In the unlikely event tickets become available, we will contact waitlisted families shortly after registration closes on Friday, Sept. 23 at 5pm.
8-9:30 pmParent Wine and Cheese Gathering
Location: Library Quad Tent

Get to know other Bates parents while sampling an array of beer, wine, and treats. Sorry, no Bates students or guests under age 21.
NOTERestrooms can be found at Merrill GymBenjamin Mays Center, and Gray Athletic Building.