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

  • Regional events, resources for breaks, and more
    Hello, Bates families – Cooler temperatures have settled in here on campus, and we wanted to share some resources to help you and your students navigate the next few months. With both Thanksgiving Recess and Winter Break approaching, the Residential…
  • Resources for supporting your student
    Hello, Bates families – One of the most important roles Bates parents play is in guiding students to the many resources available to them. To support you in that effort, we share the following: Students, faculty, and staff received an…
  • Latest updates from campus
    Greetings from Bates! As we move further into fall semester, we look forward to resuming a more typical outreach cadence with families. Today, we want to highlight these resources: It was wonderful to see so many people on campus for…
  • Incoming families: Drop-off day FAQ
    Drop off day for most Class of 2026 students is Wednesday, August 31. Below are answers to the questions we hear most about drop-off. If you have a question that isn’t covered below, please reach out to us at parents@bates.edu….
  • Returning Bates Students  – COVID-19 Information
    Greetings from campus! We wanted to share some important updates for families of returning Bates students: Returning students have received an update about public health protocols for the return to campus. Many processes have changed, so please encourage students to…
  • Incoming student arrival protocols and more
    Greetings from campus! We wanted to share some important updates for families of incoming students: All incoming students have received an update about health protocols for arrival on campus. Please encourage students to read this information carefully. Students must sign…
  • Next student deadlines and ongoing family programs
    Hello, Class of 2026 families – With around five weeks to go until drop-off day, students are going through a number of steps related to course registration. They will hear shortly about their First-Year Seminar (FYS) assignments. Next week, starting around…
  • Resources for your student – and for you
    Hello, Class of 2026 families – Incoming students continue to hear weekly from the First-Year Experience team about key forms, deadlines, and “ask me anything” resources. Access to New Student Summer Resources and Orientation has just opened, so please remind…
  • Preview: Summer Welcome Events
    Hello, Class of 2026 families – This summer, we will offer a mix of in-person and virtual welcome gatherings to help you feel at home in the wider Bates community and help you start to connect with other families. We…
  • First-year forms, dates, and more
    Hello, Class of 2026 families – Summer is blooming on the Bates campus, and we have several resources to share today: First-year students have several sets of forms opening shortly: health forms and AESOP applications this week, and housing and…
  • 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…