Presidential Inauguration

On Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, Bates College will inaugurate its 9th President, Garry W. Jenkins.

President Jenkins

Garry W. Jenkins is a nationally respected legal authority, an accomplished scholar, and an experienced higher education leader.

Presidential History

Learn about the past Bates presidents and their work to sustain the college’s excellence.

Inauguration Planning

Two Bates committees have carried out the work to create and present the inauguration of Garry W. Jenkins.

Schedule of Events

Discover the exciting lineup of events celebrating the inauguration of Garry W. Jenkins.

Live Coverage

Join us as the Bates community comes together to celebrate the historic inauguration of Garry W. Jenkins as Bates’ ninth president. A live stream will be available on as well as Facebook.

Visitor Information

Plan your visit to Bates College’s inauguration events with our helpful guest information guide, featuring hotel options, parking, directions, and accessibility details.

Share Your Well Wishes With Garry

Welcome Garry to the Bates Community

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