Stories about "Opening Day"
Holding open the Bates door, one rock, paver, or person at a time

Friday, September 8, 2023 11:13 am

Students are the front-line welcomers and baggage handlers on Opening Day, and they figure out creative ways to keep the Bates doors open for a steady flow of new students.

Slideshow: Hour by hour on Opening Day with the Class of 2027

Friday, September 8, 2023 9:01 am

Friendly and efficient, the Bates community turned out on Opening Day, Aug. 31, to help the members of the Class of 2027 get settled in their campus residences.

‘They’re problem solvers’: Facts, figures, talents, and tidbits about the Class of 2027

Friday, September 1, 2023 12:37 pm

The newest Bates class, 509 students strong, is filled with examples of engagement and action. "They’re problem solvers,” says Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Leigh Weisenburger. Sometimes quite literally.

Seven inventive door stops on move-in day for the Class of 2026

Friday, September 23, 2022 1:56 pm

Since Bates doors aren't made to be propped open, students have to be inventive on Propped Door Day — err, move-in day.

Video: Opening Day 2019, from welcoming greetings to parting hugs

Friday, September 6, 2019 11:10 am

Bates' newest students, the Class of 2023, experience Opening Day on Aug. 26, 2019.

Move-In DayThe Class of 2023 arrives on campus. Students move into their new residences, attend meetings, eat lunch, pick up AESOP equipment, hear the President's Greeting on the Historic Quad, and say goodbye to their families.
Slideshow: Hour by hour with the Class of 2023 on Opening Day

Thursday, August 29, 2019 3:13 pm

Opening Day sets the tone for these new Bobcats. In the words of longtime dean James Reese, it's a day when the message is, "Everyone’s in!”

Picture story: The academic year kicks off

Friday, September 7, 2018 9:03 am

See all the photography of Orientation Week, from Opening Day to Convocation to the women's soccer season opener.

Slideshow: Hour by hour on Opening Day for the Bates Class of 2022

Thursday, August 30, 2018 10:09 am

Dropping a child off at college, said a new Bates parent, is a unique feeling: "so happy and so sad at the same time — and so proud."

Now on our doorstep, the Class of 2022 ‘represents Bates College history’

Friday, August 24, 2018 8:00 am

Selected from the largest applicant pool in college history, the 550 members of the Class of 2022 arrives on Monday.

How to be ‘a guide on the side’ and other tips for new Bates College parents

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 9:34 am

Of the ways parents can support their newly fledged students, one of the most valuable is easing back and trusting them to figure college out.

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