Dear Members of the Bates Community, I write today to share an important update about our plans for the fall semester. We will invite students to come to campus in person to begin or continue their Bates education, so that we can do our best to support their forward momentum. Based on exhaustive consultation and…
Dear New Bates Students, We know that you are well on your way to joining the Bates community and want to send along a warm welcome from all of our faculty and staff. Through working on your first-year forms, to participating in video chats, to posting on the Facebook group, the Bates faculty and staff…
We write to provide an update on fall planning and recent steps taken to better position the college for our goal of having students return to campus in the fall, if we determine that it is safe to do so.
To preserve our capacity to deliver on our mission now and into the future, we have identified actions aimed at putting ourselves in the strongest possible position to weather the ongoing financial disruptions associated with the pandemic.
So the college can make critical decisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a timely manner, Bates has formed an ad hoc working group comprising two teams: one focused on Fall Planning and the other on College Finances.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have made the difficult decision to cancel in-person Reunion 2020. Bates will host a number of virtual Reunion events on June 12–13. Our hope is that when we do gather in person, it will be all the sweeter for this period of interruption and isolation.
I am heartbroken to convey the news that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bates will not be able to offer an in-person Commencement on May 31. We plan to mark your graduation
with a virtual ceremony, creating an experience that captures, albeit in a different form, the elements that are most meaningful to you.
We ask students to please respond with a greater sense of urgency to the public health crisis that confronts us and depart campus as soon as possible. With each passing day, we learn more about the extreme contagiousness of the COVID-19 virus and the threat it poses to vulnerable populations.
We are at a pivotal moment with respect to both the spread of the COVID-19 virus and our ability as a college to take proactive, rather than reactive, steps. We will suspend classes at the end of the day, ask our students to return home and our faculty to prepare to teach remotely, and resume remote classes on Monday, March 23.