2023 Reunion Schedule

Please note that this preliminary schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, June 8 (for 50th class only)

11:30am–8pm
Welcome Center 
Your first stop—pick up your name tag, room key, and schedule.
Commons

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

Commons

2–3pm
50th Reunion Program: Bates Sustainability Roadmap for 2030
As Bates moves beyond carbon neutral, our Board of Trustees has approved a new sustainability plan, which jumpstarts green initiatives across the campus—from solar, to electric vehicle chargers, to new building standards. With the Princeton Review recently ranking Bates among the top five greenest schools in the nation, come see what’s next for this sector of the college.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

3:30–5pm
50th Reunion Scavenger Hunt – Where’s Bob?
Lace up your shoes and get your camera ready for an adventure across campus! Pickup directions for the scavenger hunt in the ’73 class lounge.

6pm
Welcome Reception and Dinner for the 50th Reunion Class
Pettengill Hall, Perry Atrium

68pm
Dinner for Early Arrivals

Enjoy a meal with early arrivals! Open to those registered for Thursday night housing.
Commons

Friday, June 9

7–9:30am
Breakfast
Commons

8am–10pm
Welcome Center 
Your first stop—pick up your name tag, room key, and schedule.
Commons

8–9:15am
50th Reunion Class Breakfast with President Spencer

Sponsored by the Phillips Society which honors alumni, parents, and friends who have provided legacy gifts to Bates through an estate plan or other financial arrangement.
Pettengill Hall, Perry Atrium

9:4510:45am
50th Reunion Program (open to all classes): Footloose and Fancy Free – Senior Travel

Hear travel stories from fellow classmates and learn about adventures and day trips for your next excursion with Dube Travel Agency.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

10am–4pm
Hike at Bates–Morse Mountain
Enjoy an out-and-back walk to Seawall Beach. Caitlin Cleaver, Director of the Bates–Morse Mountain Conservation Area, will provide insights into the significance of this land and the work Bates does to conserve it. This walk is 4 miles round trip on paved and dirt roads with about 500 feet of elevation gain. The path goes through forests and salt water marshes. Lunch and transportation are provided. Pre-registration required.
Meet at Merrill Gymnasium Parking Lot

11am12pm
50th Reunion Program: Insider’s Tour Down Memory Lane
Join Tom Carey, the director of Security and Campus Safety at Bates for 13 years, for a special class of ’73 campus tour to revisit favorite spaces and also see what’s new!
Meet on the front steps of Hathorn Hall

11:30am–1:15pm
Lunch
Commons

12pm
Reunion Golf Outing 
Lunch and registration from 12-1 p.m., tee times starting at 1:30 p.m. Hosted by the Friends of Bates Athletics.
Martindale Country Club, 527 Beech Hill Road, Auburn

1:302:45pm
50th Reunion Program (open to all classes): The Rich Legacy of Bates Athletics

Sports have influenced our lives at Bates and beyond as participants, observers, or friends. Join athletic alumni and coaches from the Class of 1973 and also other Reunion classes as we reflect on the legacy of Bates athletics, what it has meant in the lives of the athletes, as well as the successful and enduring implementation of Title IX (enacted in 1972 – a major boost to women’s sports) at Bates on its 50th (plus 1) anniversary.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

23pm
Campus Tour

Meet on the front steps of Hathorn Hall

35:30pm
Live Music Jam Session – Open to All Classes

The Class of 1973 will be hosting a live jam session. So bring your instrument, warm up your vocal cords and gather at the Amphitheater to play, sing, or just enjoy the tunes.
Amphitheater (Behind Olin Arts)

3–5pm
Lawn Games

Fancy yourself a backyard sports athlete? Or just looking to catch up while tossing a Frisbee? Come play lawn games while hanging out with friends. A casual cornhole tournament will also take place!
Outside Commons; Alumni Walk

35pm
Bonney Science Center Tours

Tour the Bonney Science Center, the newly completed and transformative home for science at Bates. The Bonney Science Center emphasizes transparency and approachability in science and features inspirational teaching and research spaces and advanced instrumentation rooms. Tours depart every thirty minutes with a maximum of 20 guests per group.
Meet in the Bonney Science Center Living Room

4 & 4:45pm
Hard Hat Tours of Chase Hall

Get a sneak peek at the renovations of Chase Hall. By renovating the building, Bates can unify core student services under one roof and create space for new programs and social gatherings. Chase Hall will reopen at the start of the 2023-2024 academic year. Tour groups are limited to 25 people. Hard hats (provided) and flat, closed-toe shoes are required.
Meet on the front steps of Carnegie Science Hall

45pm
An Update from the Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning at Bates

The Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning (CITL), launched in 2022, promotes student success by supporting faculty and staff educators through ongoing professional development, including work in developing reflective, innovative, and inclusive pedagogies. Come learn more about the new program and hear from Lindsey Hamilton ’05, Director of CITL.
Dana Chemistry, Room 219

45pm
Bobcat Adventures for Kids: Cookie Decorating

Bring your little one to decorate their own bobcat paw cookie and meet the Bobcat! A parent or guardian must be present.
Commons Tent

4:30–5:30pm
Annual Meeting of the College Key
Open to members of the College Key.
Benjamin Mays Center

5:30–8:30pm
Lobster Bake
Commons 

79pm
Museum Reception

Join us for a reception to celebrate the Museum’s latest exhibit and featured artist. Dessert and wine will be served.
Olin Arts Center, Museum of Art

711pm
Camp Bates

Camp Bates offers engaging programming for children ages 3 to 17. Children must be registered by May 1 to guarantee a spot, as we need to arrange adequate staffing. You are welcome to check your children in and out of the program to suit your family’s needs.
Merrill Gymnasium

8:30pm–1am
Bobcat Beer Garden

Come enjoy local favorites and live music by alumni band The Remedy.
Library Arcade

9:30pm
Fireworks
Florence J. Keigwin Amphitheater on Lake Andrews 

Saturday, June 10

7-10:30am
Breakfast
Commons

8am–7pm
Welcome Center 
Your first stop—pick up your name tag, room key, and schedule.
Commons

8–9am
12-Step Recovery Meeting
Commons 200

910am
Bobcat Adventures for Kids: Face Painting & Balloon Twister

Bring your little ones for face painting, and balloon twisting. Plus, make your own pennant, flag, or sign for the parade! A parent or guardian must be present.
Garcelon Field

99:45am
Yoga

Start your morning with a gentle yet invigorating flow led by Rachel Forcillo ’18, who has been teaching yoga for 10 years. Bring comfortable clothes, water, and a mat if you have one (mats will also be available). Open to all classes and abilities.
Muskie Archives

910am
Muskie Archives Historic Campus Tour

Meet on the front steps of Hathorn Hall

9:30–10:15am
Mimosas on the Quad
Enjoy mimosas and pastries before the parade lineup.
Historic Quad

10:15–10:45am
Reunion Class Parade Lineup
Don’t forget your class parade attire to display your alumni class pride.
Historic Quad

10:45am
Alumni Parade
Show your class spirit in the Alumni Parade! Bring your families to march and dance through a crowd of cheering Bates alumni and friends.
Historic Quad to Alumni Walk

11:30am–12:30pm
Presidential Address and Annual Gathering of the Alumni Association
Featuring remarks from President Clayton Spencer and the presentation of the annual Alumni Awards.
Bardwell Field Tent 

12–2:30pm
Barbecue Picnic Lunch

A relaxed barbecue picnic. Reserved seating available for the Classes of 1963 and earlier in the upstairs of Commons.
Commons Tent; seating available in Library Quad Tent

13pm
Bobcat Adventures for Kids: Bounce House and Games

Bring your little ones to Garcelon Field to release some energy! A parent or guardian must be present.
Garcelon Field

13pm or 35pm
Paddle on the Androscoggin
Enjoy a tranquil paddle from the Traquina Boathouse in Greene. Transportation is provided from campus. Pre-registration required.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

12pm
Alumni in Admission (AIA) Meeting

Join us for a discussion about the Alumni in Admission program. Learn more about the importance of alumni conversations, representing Bates at college fairs, and updates in the larger world of admission work. We welcome both current and new volunteers to learn more about future opportunities.
Lindholm House

1:30–2:30pm
Friends of Bates Athletics Gathering
Hear an athletics update from Jason Fein, Director of Athletics, while reconnecting with fellow Bates athletes and coaches at this gathering for all sports.
Muskie Archives

1:303:30pm
Bonney Science Center Tours

Tour the Bonney Science Center, the newly completed and transformative home for science at Bates. The Bonney Science Center emphasizes transparency and approachability in science, and features inspirational teaching and research spaces and advanced instrumentation rooms. Tours depart every thirty minutes with a maximum of 20 guests per group.
Meet at Bonney Science Center, Room 160

23pm
Admission Information Session

Join our admission staff for an information session that provides greater insight to our campus, community, and holistic admission process.
Lindholm House

22:45pm
The Bates Center for Purposeful Work: An Update on the First Five Years

Learn about the Center for Purposeful Work, which helps students emerge from Bates equipped to make intentional decisions about their work, selves, and how the two relate. After the talk, you’re invited to join the Hard Hat Tour of Chase Hall for a sneak peek of the center’s new space.
Bonney Science Center, Room 180

23:30pm
Alumni Choir Rehearsal

All alumni and guests are welcome to join the choir, which will provide music for the Memorial Service on Sunday. Choir director Joëlle Morris will lead the group.
Peter J. Gomes Chapel

23pm
Class of 1998 Park Clean Up
Location TBD

34pm
MOSAIC Reception
Bates Alumni MOSAIC (BAM) seeks to build community among underrepresented racial, ethnic, LGBTQIA+, first-generation college, and international alumni. 
Bonney Science Center Living Room

35pm
Baxter Brewing Tour and Tasting

Tour a Maine-based craft brewery right here in Lewiston. After a tour of the brewery, enjoy complimentary beers in The Pub at Baxter. Open to all classes, with the mezzanine reserved for the Class of 1998.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

3 & 3:45pm
Hard Hat Tours of Chase Hall

Get a sneak peek at the renovations of Chase Hall. By renovating the building, Bates can unify core student services under one roof and create space for new programs and social gathering. Chase Hall will reopen at the start of the 2023-2024 academic year. Tour groups are limited to 25 people. Hard hats (provided) and flat, closed-toe shoes are required.
Meet in front of Carnegie Science Hall

311:30pm
Camp Bates

Camp Bates offers engaging programming for children ages 3 to 17. Children must be registered by May 1 to guarantee a spot, as we need to arrange adequate staffing. You are welcome to check your children in and out of the program to suit your family’s needs.
Merrill Gymnasium

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.
By invitation only. 

5:30–8:30pm
Class Receptions & Dinners
See inside cover for a listing of all class receptions and dinners. It will include starting times and class-specific locations.

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
Ladd Library Tent

Sunday, June 12

7am–12pm
Check out of Campus Housing
Commons

7am–12pm
Brunch
Commons

89:30am
Nature Walk at Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary

Enjoy a morning hike through this 357-acre bird sanctuary and wildlife preserve. The highest point in the city, Thorncrag offers great views, spring wildflowers, and excellent birding. Carpools depart from campus.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

89:30am
Young Family Meet-up

This is an informal opportunity for Bates families with young children to meet one another while enjoying the beloved cereal bar in Commons!
Commons, Gray Room

8:309:15am
Memorial 5k Run/Walk

Lace-up your sneakers and complete a 5k in remembrance of beloved Bates community members.
Alumni Walk in front of Commons

1011:30am
Alumni Memorial Service

Celebrate the lives of Bates community members who passed away during the past year. The Alumni Choir will perform.
Peter J. Gomes Chapel

12pm
Residence Halls Close
Please leave your room key and electronic access card at checkout. A $25 fee will be added for lost or misplaced keys and electronic access cards.
Commons

Weekend Hours for Campus Facilities

Reunion Welcome Center
Commons
Thursday 11:30am–8pm
Friday 8am–10pm
Saturday 8am–7pm
Sunday 7am–12pm

Bates College Store
Kalperis Hall (65 Campus Avenue)
Thursday – Saturday 8am–4pm
Sunday 8am–12pm

Ladd Library
Thursday – Saturday 8am–4:30pm
Sunday Closed

Peter J. Gomes Chapel
Thursday – Sunday 7am–7pm

Edmund S. Muskie Archives
70 Campus Avenue
Thursday – Friday 9am–4:30pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed

Donations of photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks, artifacts, or other items that speak to your personal time at Bates are accepted.

Museum of Art
Thursday 10am–5pm
Friday 10am–9pm
Saturday 10am–5pm
Sunday Closed

Davis Fitness Center
Thursday 7am–5pm
Friday 7am–5pm
Saturday 9am–2pm
Sunday Closed

Merrill Gymnasium
Bert Andrews ’74 Cardio Room Only (indoor track closed)
Thursday 7am–5pm
Friday 7am–5pm
Saturday 9am–2pm
Sunday Closed

Tarbell Pool
Thursday 12–2pm
Friday 12–2pm
Saturday 10am–2pm
Sunday Closed

Alumni Gymnasium
Thursday 7am–5pm
Friday 7am–5pm
Saturday 9am–2pm
Sunday Closed

James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Center
Thursday 7am–5pm
Friday 7am–5pm
Saturday 9am–2pm
Sunday Closed