Parent Email Updates

To help you support your student and to provide you with ways to connect to the larger Bates community, the Parent Team sends out periodic email updates to those families for whom we have active email addresses. Our updates are meant to supplement official college information, so please keep directing your student to their Bates email account and continue to watch the Covid-19 Information website.

Our more recent update emails will have the most reliable information to support you and your student. Please note that links and information from earlier updates may have changed or moved as the college’s plans have continued to evolve.

If you do not receive these email updates and wish to do so, please first check your spam folder and then reach out to records@bates.edu to make sure the college has your correct contact information.

Email Archives

  • Welcome events, drop-off, and more
    Hello, Class of 2026 families – It’s official – the Class of 2026 is now fully enrolled! We are thrilled to welcome you and your students to Bates. We hope our summer-long outreach will help you feel at home at Bates and…
  • Commencement honorands announced
    Hello, Bates Class of 2022 Families – We are excited to let you know that Bates has just announced the 2022 honorand class!  The following individuals will receive honorary degrees from Bates on Sunday, May 29 at the Class of…
  • Latest on guest numbers, event schedule, and more
    Hello, Bates Class of 2022 Families – We have some Commencement updates for you: It’s official – there is no limit to the number of family members who can attend the outside Commencement 2022 ceremony. (A reminder that all guests…
  • We’ve made it easier to share your reflections!
    Dear Family Members of the Bates Class of 2022, We need your thoughtful reflections! Baccalaureate (Saturday, May 28th at 2pm, the day preceding Commencement) is a reflective ceremony planned and led by members of the graduating Class of 2022 in…
  • Latest Bates updates for families
    Hello, Bates Families – Students have received an update about welcome changes to campus health protocols. Read the full update here. There are a number of Bates events coming up that we hope will be of interest: Families are invited…
  • Latest updates on Commencement 2022
    Hello, Bates Class of 2022 Families – The Commencement 2022 weekend schedule has been updated, and additional details will be included as we move through spring.  Other updates for you today include: The Commencement FAQ is a helpful resource for…
  • Resource update
    Hello, Bates Families – Greetings from a quiet campus! As February break begins, we remind you that an overview about return testing protocols can be found here. Students have received additional information about this via Garnet Gateway. Students also received…
  • Short term, Baccalaureate, and more
    Hello, Bates Class of 2022 Families – Greetings from a quiet campus. As February break begins, we remind you that an overview about return testing protocols can be found here. Students have received additional information about this via Garnet Gateway….
  • Guest policies, sustainability, and more
    Hello, Bates Families – We have a few brief updates for you this week. Students have just received the latest update on testing trends. Of particular interest to families will be the revisions to college guest policies for academic and…
  • Regional events, Winter Carnival, and more
    Hello, Bates Families – Students have just received the latest update on testing trends and public health policies, and we know it will be welcome news. Other resources to share with you this week include: Did you know that the…
  • Testing trends, plus resources for you and your student
    Hello, Bates Families – Students have just received the latest update on testing trends and public health policies. The update includes quite a bit of information, and we are happy to answer questions or direct you to helpful resources. Other…
  • Testing trends, streaming content, and more
    Hello, Bates Families – Students have received an update on campus testing trends. Thank you for your support as they returned to in-person classes this past week. We also share the following resources with you today: It is a long-standing…
  • Campus testing trends and next steps
    Hello, Bates Families – Following the conclusion of the winter semester baseline testing, students have received an update on what to expect next.  As has been the case with the last few updates, there is a lot of information to…
  • Helping your Bates student navigate the start of winter semester
    Hello, Bates Families – Following the recent update about the return for winter semester, the college has posted an additional FAQ to answer many common clarifying questions. We hope this will be helpful to your students and to you. Our colleagues across campus are…
  • UPDATE: Start of semester plans
    Hello, Bates Families – All students have just received an important update containing a significant amount of information about the start of winter semester.  Please take a moment to carefully read the entirety of this message so that you can…
  • COVID-19 booster policy update
    Hello, Bates Families – Students have just received important information about the college’s policy regarding the COVID-19 booster vaccine.  The full update is available here. Further information can be found at this FAQ.  If your student has not already gotten…
  • Looking ahead to next semester
    Hello, Bates Families – As your Bobcats prepare for a well-earned break, we share two updates to help you support your students in thinking ahead to next semester. Students received an update today on what to expect when returning to…
  • Boosters, student support resources, and more
    December 3, 2021 Hello, Bates Families – Greetings from a snowy Bates campus. We have some updates for you today: Students received an update today on how to secure a COVID-19 vaccine booster. As students approach the close of fall…
  • Fall 2021 resources for families
    Upcoming breaks With both November and winter break approaching, we’ve collected these updates and resources to help you know how to best support your student. November break is Nov. 20-28. As in past years, students will need to return to…
  • UPDATE on Back to Bates: Family Day
    We are delighted to share that we anticipate that Back to Bates: Family Day will proceed as planned on Saturday, October 2, 2021.  Registration will open next week. Please note: Only fully vaccinated individuals may attend Back to Bates: Family…