Fall 2020 Archives


June 30, 2020 7:00 am

June 30: Fall 2020 announcement

June 30: Fall 2020 announcement

Dear Members of the Bates Community, I write today to share an important update about our plans for the fall…


May 8, 2020 6:46 pm

Planning for Next Academic Year

It is our fervent hope that it will be safe to welcome new and returning students in person in the fall, and we are actively working toward that goal.


April 27, 2020 9:04 pm

April 27: Update on financial impact of COVID-19

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.


April 14, 2020 8:00 am

Faculty-Staff Working Group on Fall Planning and College Finances

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.


April 6, 2020 7:50 pm

Announcement About Reunion Weekend 2020

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.


April 6, 2020 7:48 pm

Announcement About Commencement

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.


March 19, 2020 5:49 pm

Confirmed Case of COVID-19

A member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has been at home in self-isolation for a number of days while receiving the necessary care to treat their condition.


March 17, 2020 4:14 pm

Important COVID-19 Update for Staff

Beginning immediately, Bates will transition to a remote working model for any employees whose physical presence on campus is not required to carry out their duties.


March 14, 2020 4:30 pm

Urgent Information About Timely Departure from Campus

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.


March 13, 2020 7:23 am

March 13 COVID-19 Announcement

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.