2024 Reunion Schedule

Thursday, June 6 (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 & 34pm
50th Reunion Campus Tours

Meet on the front steps of Hathorn Hall

4–5pm
50th Reunion Hike Up Mt. David
Led by Peter Hollis ’74
Meeting location is TBD

5–6pm
50th Reunion Happy Hour
Library Quad Tent

6pm8pm
Welcome Reception and Dinner for the 50th Reunion Class
Library Quad Tent

68pm
Dinner for Early Arrivals

Commons

Friday, June 7

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 Jenkins

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.
Clifton Daggett Athletic Building (Gray Cage)

9:30am–3:30pm
Hike at Bates–Morse Mountain
Enjoy an out-and-back walk to Seawall Beach. 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 saltwater marshes. Lunch and transportation are provided. Pre-registration required.
Meet at Merrill Gymnasium Parking Lot

9:45–10:45am
Yoga
Start your morning with a gentle yet invigorating flow led by Janne Jensen Roehm ’74, who has been teaching yoga for 25 years. Bring comfortable clothes, water, and a mat if you have one (mats will also be available). Open to all classes and abilities.
Merrill Gymnasium Studio, Room 216

11am–12pm
50th Reunion Read
Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting by Lisa Genova ’92 highlights ways in which memory operates in everyday life – how memories are made and retrieved, the difference between normal and problematic forgetting, and strategies that can enhance remembering. The discussion is facilitated by Olivia Kim, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Bates, Carole Martin ’74, Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology at Colorado College, and Gina Nordini, Associate Director of Parent Giving and Engagement. Book can be purchased here. Open to all classes.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

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

1:303:30pm
50th Reunion Riverwalk
Peter Hollis ’74 and Don McDade ’74 will lead a walking tour of Lewiston-Auburn. Stroll along the Androscoggin River and through downtown as you learn about the river and the community that has grown up along its banks. The tour is a flat 2.5 miles on paved sidewalk. Bates will provide a bus between campus and the start/end points of this tour (if driving yourself, meet at 35 Canal St. in Lewiston). The tour will finish at Maine MILL, where Executive Director Rachel Ferrante ’10 will provide a tour of the museum to anyone who is interested.
Meet at Merrill Gymnasium Parking Lot

23pm
Campus Tour

Meet on the front steps of Hathorn Hall

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

23pm
50th Program: Behind the Scenes of Commons
Learn how the Dining, Conferences, Campus Events (DCCE) team manages to feed so many with a behind the scenes tour! Open to 1974 only.
Meet at the main entrance to Commons Dining Hall

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 at Bonney Science Center, Room 160

45pm
Traquina Boathouse Open House and Reception
Passionate about rowing at Bates or curious to visit the Traquina Boathouse? Come visit the home of Bates’ rowing teams! Located in Greene along a serene 10-mile stretch of the Androscoggin, the boathouse was constructed in 2016 and houses the college’s fleet. Light refreshments and Birdman Sliders from the Curb Cats food truck will be available. Sponsored by the Class of 1989, open to all classes.
Carpools and shuttles depart at 3:45pm from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot
Boathouse located at 764 N River Road, Greene

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

4:305:30pm
Still Cookin’ with the Class of ’79

Come hone your grilling skills and learn the best techniques! Open to 1979 only.
Location TBD

5:30–8:30pm
Lobster Bake
Commons 

6:307:30pm
Bobcat Adventures for Kids: Cookie Decorating

Bring your little one to decorate their own bobcat paw cookie and meet the Bobcat! Parent or guardian must be present.
Commons, Fireplace Lounge

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 beverages and snacks from the Curb Cats Food Truck!
Bobcat Den Terrace

9:15pm
Fireworks
Florence J. Keigwin Amphitheater on Lake Andrews 

Saturday, June 8

710:30am
Breakfast
Commons

710:30am
BIPOC Alumni Breakfast

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) alumni and their guests are invited to bring their breakfast and come together to connect with fellow alumni of color in a casual gathering.
Commons, Chu Dining Room

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

8–8:45am
5k Fun Run/Walk

Lace up your sneakers and start your day with a fun run/walk around campus and its surrounding neighborhoods.
Alumni Walk in front of Commons

8:30–9:30am
Yoga

Start your morning with a yoga flow led by Diane Georgeson ’79, who was a member of the Bates Modern Dance Company. Diane is a retired physician turned yoga instructor. Bring comfortable clothes, water, and a mat if you have one (mats will also be available). Open to all classes and abilities.
Merrill Gymnasium, Plavin Dance Studio

910am
Bobcat Adventures for Kids: Face Painting & Crafts

Bring your little ones for face painting and crafts! Make your own pennant, flag, or sign for the parade. A parent or guardian must be present.
Historic Quad

99:45am
Veterans and Public Service Gathering

Meet fellow alumni and share stories about serving your community through public service. Coffee and pastries will be available. 
Veterans Plaza (near Benjamin Mays Center)

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

9:4510:15am
50th Reunion Ivy Stone Ceremony

The Class of 1974 graduated from Bates without giving an ivy stone to the college, a senior class tradition that dates to 1879. Join classmates to celebrate 1974’s newly installed ivy stone!
Ivy stone is located on Dana Hall facing the Historic Quad

10:15–10:45am
Alumni 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 Garry Jenkins and the presentation of the annual Alumni Awards.
Bardwell Field Tent 

12–2:30pm
Barbecue Picnic Lunch

A relaxed barbecue picnic. Reserved seating and dedicated buffet available for the Classes of 1964 and earlier under the Library Arcade.
Commons Tent; seating available in Library Quad Tent

12:303:30pm
Tennis Tournament Viewing

Come watch tennis alumni reignite their competitive spirit during match play.
James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Courts

1–2pm
Kickball/Softball Game

Join alumni and families for a casual game of kickball or softball on Leahey Field! All ages and skills are welcome – the more, the merrier. Sponsored by the Class of 1994.
Leahey Field

13pm
Bobcat Adventures for Kids: Field Games

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

1:302:30pm
Alumni Volunteer Fair

Interested in volunteering for Bates but not sure where to start? Attend the volunteer fair to learn about opportunities with Alumni in Admission, Class Agents, and Regional Network Volunteers.
Chase Hall, entrance facing Carnegie Hall

1:302:30pm
Friends of Bates Athletics Gathering

Hear an athletics update while reconnecting with fellow Bates athletes and coaches at this gathering for all sports.
Location TBD

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

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

23:30pm
Historic Frye Street Walking Tour

Join Muskie Archives staff for a historic walking tour of Frye and College Street houses.The tour covers the people, architecture, and history behind the houses, and includes historic images!
Meet in front of Cheney House, 262 College Street

24pm
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. Non-alcoholic beverages also available. Shuttle transportation available on a first come, first served basis. Open to all classes, with the mezzanine reserved for the Class of 1999.
Shuttles depart every 30 minutes from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot. Last shuttle departs Merrill at 3pm.

34pm
MOSAIC Reception

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

35pm
Afternoon on Alumni Walk

Play lawn games with friends and grab a treat from the ice cream truck. Bubbles available for kids!
Alumni Walk in front of Commons

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

45pm
President’s Reception

A special gathering with President Jenkins to recognize Reunion volunteers and alumni who have made Mount David Society-level gifts to the college.
(By invitation only)

4–5pm
One Breath: Open Hearts, Open Minds
A secular meditation session to pause in the midst of activities, memories, and emotions. Led by ordained Buddhist monastic Venerable Tenzin Dasel ’88. Open to all classes.
Peter J. Gomes Chapel

5–8:30pm
Class Receptions & Dinners
Details about starting times and class-specific locations: TBD.

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
Bardwell Field Tent

Sunday, June 9

7:30am–12pm
Check out of Campus Housing
Commons

7:30am–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
50th Reunion Bike Ride

Join a fun morning ride led by Jerry Quinlan ’74. Bring your own bike. Open to all classes.
Meet on Alumni Walk side of Hathorn Hall

1011am
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. Safe travels!
Commons

Class Dinner & Class Photo Schedule

Saturday evening, June 8, we’ll be hosting dinners on and off-campus where you can celebrate and connect with your class. Plus, we’ve scheduled a photographer to grab a photo of your class — so don’t be late!

SCHEDULE COMING SOON – STAY TUNED!

*Off-campus location **Bus departure time; from Merrill Gymnasium Parking Lot

Weekend Hours for Campus Facilities

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