Annual Services

Annual Memorial Service and Tree Planting

Tuesday September 3, 2019 at roughly 12:30 p.m. on the Quad (follows 11:00 a.m. Convocation; rain location Gomes Chapel).

After Convocation, on the Quad, we remember faculty, staff, and students who have died during the previous year.

Back to Bates (Family and Homecoming) Weekend {Pause}

Sunday, October 6th, 2019 – 11:30am Gomes Chapel

Alums and parents are invited to a special morning {Pause} for a moment of reflection in the stillness of silence, music, and poetry.

Candles & Carols

Sunday, December 8th, 2019 – 7:00pm, Gomes Chapel

Readings offered by students, faculty and staff within the Bates community. Blessings from Bates Multifaith and Associated Chaplains. Performances from featured student acapella groups, the Bates College Choir, Prof. Amos Libby, and Director/Organist John Corrie

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service

Sunday, January 19th, 2020, 7:00 p.m, Olin Arts Center Concert Hall

An annual service celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is a dynamic service of song, reflection, and dance to stir our spirits and set our intentions for the transformative learning that will take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We welcome our guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Theon Johnson, III, a former pastor at Glide Memorial in San Francisco and the current pastor of Downs Memorial United Methodist Church in Oakland, CA.

Alumni Memorial Service

Sunday June 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Peter J. Gomes Chapel

To celebrate, remember, and give thanks for the completed lives of alumni who have died during the year.

If you are attending reunion and would like to be involved with the Alumni Memorial Service, please us at

Veterans Day Observance

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” -Arthur Ashe

The Multifaith Chaplaincy offers an annual service of gratitude and reflection on Veteran’s Day. People of any spiritual or secular tradition, veterans, and friends and family of veterans, are welcome to attend the service.