Big Bates events and great college news (not to mention blazing maple trees in autumn glory) bring out the likes among followers of the college’s official Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter channels.

Here are the top five social media posts for each Bates channel in 2018 as ranked by SproutSocial engagement metrics.


Bates College has 17,630 followers on Facebook.

1. Feb. 10 — NBC gives a big Bates shout-out as Olympian Dinos Lefkaritis ‘19 enters Olympic Stadium

Marching as a team of one — between Kyrgyzstan and Chinese Taipei — Bates Olympian Dinos Lefkaritis ’19 of Larnaca, Cyprus, drew an extended shout-out from NBC announcers Mike Tirico and Katie Couric during Winter Olympics opening ceremonies last Feb. 9.

Now back at Bates, Lefkaritis is completing his academic studies (he’s an economics major and pursuing the Combined Program for engineering) and skiing for the Bobcats.

What an amazing moment.Bates alpine skier Dinos Lefkaritis '19 enters the Olympic Stadium as the flag bearer for his…

Posted by Bates College on Saturday, February 10, 2018

2. Aug. 9 — J.J. Cummings ’89 takes command of the world’s largest aircraft carrier

The U.S. has 11 nuclear-powered carriers, and a Bates grad, Navy Captain J.J. Cummings ’89, now commands one of them: the USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navy’s newest and the world’s largest.

Navy Capt. J.J. Cummings ’89 is about to take on a huge job: command of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford – CVN…

Posted by Bates College on Thursday, August 9, 2018

3. Nov. 15 — Jared Golden ’11 wins Maine’s 2nd District congressional election

Nine days after the general election, Jared Golden ’11 was declared the winner in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.

Golden’s election took more than a week to decide because neither he nor incumbent Bruce Poliquin got a majority, so the election was decided by Maine’s new ranked-choice voting format.

He’s the second alumnus to win a House seat in 2018, joining Republican Ben Cline ’94, elected to represent Virginia’s 6th Congressional District.

With this afternoon’s breaking news that Jared Golden ’11, D-Maine, has won his razor-close congressional election,…

Posted by Bates College on Thursday, November 15, 2018

4. Feb. 19 — Bates ranks first nationally in Fulbright Student Awards

In February, Bates was announced as the No. 1 producer of Fulbright Student award recipients among U.S. liberal arts colleges for 201718.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

Everyone knows that Bates grads go places. Now it's official!Bates is No. 1 in the number of Fulbright Student awards…

Posted by Bates College on Monday, February 19, 2018

5. May 17, 2018 — Bates announces state-of-the-art science building

In May, Bates announced that it will break ground in 2019 on a new science building.

To be located on Campus Avenue, the three-story structure of approximately 65,000 square feet will offer versatile teaching and research spaces, advanced instrumentation rooms, and areas designed to promote study and interaction.

Breaking ground in 2019 and opening in 2021, the new science building promises to drive the evolution of science…

Posted by Bates College on Thursday, May 17, 2018


Bates College has approximately 10,800 followers on Instagram.

1. April 7, 2018 — Hedge Hall maple tree (Take 1)

Between the never-ending winter and the stress of finals, early April at Bates is not exactly a student’s favorite time of year.

Playing on that vibe, this juxtaposition of images, one taken from Hedge Hall in winter and the other from Hedge in gorgeous autumn, played on the meme “If you don’t love me at my…, then you don’t deserve me at my….” while reminding students just how beautiful Bates was six months prior.

The post originated on the college’s Twitter feed (see below) before taking on new life on Instagram.

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2. Oct. 17 — Hedge Hall maple (Take 2)

This year’s look at the blazing Hedge Hall maple tree was taken around 4:40 p.m. on Oct. 16.

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Just another view of (mostly) everyone's favorite sugar maple tree on campus as the sun drops behind it in the late afternoon. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) #batescollege #fall #fallcolor #foliage #leaves #leaveschanging #trees #lewiston #maine

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3. Oct. 21 — Women’s  Varsity Eight wins Head of the Charles race

The Bates women’s varsity eight defeated 27 boats to win the Women’s Collegiate Eights at the 54th Head of the Charles Regatta.

The defending NCAA champion Bobcats took first for the second straight year and for the third time in program history.

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The women's first varsity eight took home first place in the women's collegiate eights at the Head of the Charles Regatta for the second straight year and for the third time in program history. (Haley Eovine for Bates College) #batescollege #gobatesgo #bobcats #rowing

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4. May 25 — The Class of 2018 Class Photo

Two days before Commencement, members of the Class of 2018 gathered at Garcelon Field for their traditional class photo.

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The Class of 2018 poses for its senior portrait on Garcelon Field this afternoon, Friday May 25, 2018. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College) #batescollege #bates2018 #seniors #graduation

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5. Jan. 27: Gail Dow ‘60 cheers on Puddle Jumpers

Decked out in Bates regalia, loyal alumna Gail Dow ’60 of Lewiston turned out for the 2018 Puddle Jump on Jan. 26.

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Gail Dow, a proud member of the Bates Class of 1960, considered taking a dip in the 2018 Puddle Jump, but after careful consideration she decided to participate as an enthusiastic cheerleader instead. . A native of Worcester, Mass., and a Lewiston resident, Dow told the @sunjournal that she swims in Tarbell Pool three times a week, and that “The pool is cold enough.” (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) #batescollege #puddlejump2018 #swimmer #wisdom #generations

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Bates College has approximately 12,500 followers on Twitter.

1. Aug. 1 — Benjamin Mays’ birthday

Featuring a tweet by Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, the college’s birthday tweet honored Benjamin Elijah Mays, a member of Bates Class of 1920, as “undeniable proof of the emancipating potential of education.”

2. Feb. 23 —A dean’s statement to support civic action

After the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., high school students around the nation held walkouts to protest gun violence, risking disciplinary action by their schools.

Since disciplinary actions are reported as part of the college-application process, many high school students feared that their 17 minutes of protest would affect their acceptance status.

On Feb. 23, Bates Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Leigh Weisenburger announced that “Bates Admission will not penalize you for participating in peaceful protest,” and explained why.

3. Nov. 15 — Jared Golden ’11 wins historic election

Nine days after the general election, Jared Golden ’11 was declared the winner in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District as Maine became the first state in the U.S. to employ ranked-choice voting for a federal office.

4. April 7 — Hedge Hall maple tree, Take 3

This winter-fall juxtaposition of scenes outside Hedge Hall, using the viral meme  “If you don’t love me at my…, then you don’t deserve me at my…,” gained lots of attention.

5. March 25 — “Voices of 2018” with Rakiya Mohamed

In an installment of the video feature “Voices of 2018,” double major in biological chemistry and African American studies Rakiya Mohamed ’18 of Auburn, Maine, explains how she balanced two very different subjects.

“What is the point of getting this education if you’re not going to go out there and do something with it — do something bigger than you with it?” asks Mohamed, who delivered the Senior Address during Commencement.

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