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.

Annual Memorial Service and Tree Planting

Back to Bates (Family and Homecoming) Weekend Interfaith Service

Sunday, October 6th, 2019 – 10:00am Gomes Chapel

Held during Parents and Family Weekend, this interfaith service brings together word, song, and ritual from various traditions, as well as a message from a Bates parent. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation.

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

Canceled: Sunday, January 20th, 2019

The activities on MLK Day will continue, so please check the schedule of events for many opportunities.

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

Alumni Memorial Service

Sunday June 9, 2019 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.