Schedule

Please note that this preliminary schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, June 6

50th Reunion Only

11:30am–10pm
Welcome Center
Commons

11:45am–1:15pm
Lunch for the 50th Reunion Class
Commons

3:30–5pm
50th Reunion Seminar: Getting Answers to Family Mysteries, Unlocking Family Secrets, and the Amazing Resources that Make It Easier
There are so many resources now to help you with your quest for information about your family tree. Norrine Abbott Williams ‘68 and George Peters ‘69 will share examples of their research and the family histories they unearthed.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (Room G52)

6pm
Welcome Reception and Dinner for the 50th Reunion Class
Commons

Friday, June 7

7–9:30am
Breakfast
Commons

8-9am
Breakfast with the President for the 50th Reunion Class
Pettengill Hall

8am–midnight
Registration
Commons

8:30am–4pm
Tumbledown Mountain Hike
A strenuous hike up difficult terrain to one of the most beautiful spots in Maine. Total distance is about 6 miles with approximately 2,000 feet of elevation gain.
Meet in the parking lot of Merrill Gym to carpool.

10–11am
Admission Informational Session
Lindholm House

10am–4pm
Outing Club: Coastal Hike at Bates–Morse Mountain Conservation Area
A guided hike through Bates’ 600-acre coastal conservation area, boasting spectacular views of the Atlantic and access to Seawall Beach.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot.

11am–noon
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

11:30am–1:15pm
Lunch
Commons

11:30am
Reunion Golf Outing
Buffet lunch at 11:30am, tee times starting at 12:30pm. Hosted by the Friends of Bates Athletics.
Martindale Country Club, Auburn

1–2pm
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

1:30–3pm
50th Reunion Seminar: What’s behind the headlines about climate change? Personal reflections about the fundamentals.
Whether or not you believe that human endeavors are making a significant impact on our environment, it is clear that global temperatures are increasing. Christopher Bertelo ‘69 will join Professors Lynne Lewis, James Richter, and Carl Straub to discuss this timely topic—come with questions!
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (Room G52)

2–3pm
Admission Informational Session
Lindholm House

3:30-5pm
Lewiston-Auburn Downtown Walk
Wonderful things are happening downtown! Join Darby Ray, director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships and Donald W. and Ann M. Harward Professor of Civic Engagement, for a moderately paced walk through the heart of L-A, with brief narrative stops at several points of interest.
Meet at Bates Mill 5 (16 Lincoln Street).
Personal carpools depart from Merrill Gymnasium lot.

3:45–4:45pm
50th Reunion Seminar: Equity, Evidence, and Evolution
Bates’ Digital and Computational Studies program is committed to an approach that’s fundamentally inclusive and equitable for all students—a mindset that could be considered radical compared many computer science programs in the U.S. In this seminar DCS faculty will discuss this unique approach, their work, and the values they bring to Bates.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (Room G52)

5–6pm
Annual Meeting of The College Key
Open to members of The College Key.

5:30–8:30pm
Reunion Lobster Bake
Commons

7–9pm
Museum Opening Reception
Join us for a reception to celebrate the Museum’s latest exhibit.
Olin Arts Center, Museum of Art

8:30pm–1am
Bobcat Beer Garden
Late Night at the Den — come enjoy each other’s company among favorite local beers and Bates-inspired beverages.
The Bobcat Den

9:30pm
Fireworks
Enjoy spectacular fireworks at the Florence J. Keigwin Amphitheater on the shores of Lake Andrews.
Olin Arts Center Terrace

Saturday, June 8

7–10:30am
Breakfast
Commons

8am-7pm
Welcome Center
Commons

8:15–9:45am
Memorial 5K Run/Walk
Come run/walk in memory of beloved Bates community members. Rain or shine.
Alumni Walk in front of Commons

10:30–11am
Classes line up for the Parade
Historic Quad

11am
Alumni Parade
Show your class spirit in the Alumni Parade! March, ride, or dance through a crowd of cheering Bates alumni and friends.
Historic Quad and Alumni Walk

11:30am
Presidential Address and Annual Gathering of the Alumni Association
Tent next to Garcelon Field

Noon–2:30pm
Barbecue Picnic Lunch
A relaxed barbecue picnic for all ages.
Ladd Library Quad

1–3pm and 3–5pm
Outing Club: Paddle on the Androscoggin
Enjoy a tranquil paddle from the new Bates Boathouse in Greene, home to Bates Rowing, and explore the shore of the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot.

2–3:30pm
Alumni Choir Rehearsal
All alumni and guests are welcome to join the choir, which will provide music for the Memorial Service on Sunday. John Corrie, who has led the Bates College Choir since 1986, will direct the group.
Gomes Chapel

4–5pm
President’s Reception
A special gathering with President Spencer to recognize Reunion volunteers and alumni who have made Mount David Society-level gifts to the college in honor of this milestone year. By invitation only.

5:30–8:30pm
Class Receptions and Dinners

8–11pm
Reunion Gala
Dance the night away with the Larry Williams Band, a rock ‘n’ roll cover band playing hits from across the generations.
Tent on Ladd Library Quad

Sunday, June 9

7am–noon
Checkout and Brunch
Commons

7:30–9:30am
Bates Outing Club Program: Bird Walk at Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary
Enjoy a morning hike through a 357-acre bird sanctuary and wildlife preserve. The city’s highest point, Thorncrag offers views, wildflowers, and excellent birding.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

10am
Alumni Memorial Service
A time to celebrate the lives of Bates community members who passed away during the past year. The Alumni Choir will perform.
Gomes Chapel

Noon–3pm (or 4:30pm)
Outing Club: Hike Mount Pisgah
Hike an easy-to-moderate two-mile trail to the summit of 807-foot Mount Pisgah. The 60-foot fire tower at the top offers views of forests, lakes, and the White Mountains. Afterward, you may depart or continue on for Tubby’s ice cream and a hike along the shores of Wilson Pond.

Noon
Residence Halls Close
Please leave your room key and electronic access card in the designated boxes in your dorm lounge or at checkout in Commons.