Campus Events

Information about Dining in Commons Meeting Rooms and Catering
Bates community groups who book space in meeting rooms in Commons (201, 211, 221/222, 225, 226) may take advantage of the through the line catering option. This option allows meeting participants to make meal selections in Commons and return to their reserved space to eat. Groups interested in the through the line option must book space in Commons through EMS and receive approval from Bobcat Catering at  Please be sure to include an account number and number of individuals attending when you reach out to Bobcat Catering.

Information about how faculty and staff can order catering and to go meals for college sponsored meeting and events can be found here. If you have any questions please reach out to

Students living off campus who are not on the board plan and would like information about accessing meals in Commons should contact John Lajoie, Associate Director of Dining at 207-786-6052 or

Summer Events

Summer on the campus is filled with more than 2000 people from Maine, around the nation and other countries that come to Bates for conferences, sports camps, and the Bates Dance Festival. They enjoy an educational and networking experience on the campus along with the beautiful Maine Summer.