50th Reunion

Make Your 50th Your Best Bates Reunion

Your 50th Reunion is a time to reflect on your personal Bates experience, reconnect with classmates, and celebrate together back where it all began.

+Why should I attend Reunion Weekend?

More than 1,100 alumni and friends annually return to Bates for Reunion Weekend to reconnect and enjoy the beauty of the Bates campus in summer.

  • Enjoy the annual 50th Reunion Seminars, sponsored by your class, with topics selected by your 50th Reunion Social Committee.
  • Enjoy the annual Reunion Weekend lobster bake, golf outing, Bobcat Beer Garden, and barbecue picnic lunch.
  • Visit familiar haunts and see how campus has changed, including new dorms, a refurbished Garcelon Field, and the new Bates College Store.
  • Cheer on alumni of all ages in the historic Alumni Parade.
  • Hear from faculty and senior leaders, including President Clayton Spencer.
  • Attend a lecture by distinguished alumni or join a Bates Outing Club excursion.
  • Toast to the weekend at the annual Reunion Gala.
  • Regardless of your interests, there is something for everyone at Reunion!
+How do I register for Reunion Weekend?

Registration will open February 2020! Stay tuned for more information.

+50th Reunion Weekend Schedule

See  50th Reunion schedule coming soon. Stay tuned for details for the class of 1970!

+Save the date!

Upcoming 50th Reunion weekends:

  • 1970: June 11 – 14, 2020
  • 1971: June 10 – 13, 2021
  • 1972: June 9 – 12, 2022
  • 1973: June 8 – 11, 2023


Make A Special Gift in Honor of Your 50th Reunion

Members of the 50th Reunion class are encouraged to make a gift to celebrate this milestone reunion.

Frequently Asked Questions
+Why is 50th Reunion giving important?

Your gift to Bates this milestone year is a gift to your former Bates mentors and professors, a nod to the experiences and relationships you enjoyed on campus 50 years ago, and a gift to students on their own Bates journey at this very moment. It is a vote of confidence in Bates and an investment in its future. By making a 50th Reunion contribution, you’re paying it forward by ensuring that the fundamental aspects of a Bates education remain accessible to the most deserving students, regardless of their financial resources.

There are many ways to maximize the impact of your Reunion-year gift:

  • Join the Phillips Society: The Phillips Society celebrates those in the Bates community who have provided for Bates in their estate plans, trusts, or other financial arrangements.
  • Make a multi-year pledge to the college: The total amount of any multi-year commitment counts toward your class’s overall gift to Bates.
  • Join the Recurring Gift Program: The Recurring Gift Program recognizes alumni who make recurring or perpetual gifts to the college. Gifts can be divided into manageable payments over a given period of time.
  • Join the Mount David Society: The Mount David Society recognizes alumni who make the college a philanthropic priority with a gift of $2,500 or more to the Bates Fund. MDS-level donors lead the way in supporting Bates by making significant, unrestricted current-use gifts each year — gifts that underpin the college’s ability to sustain excellence.
+How will my gift be used?

The Bates Fund serves as a necessary complement to our endowment, fully dedicated to the present needs of the college. Every gift is transformational and enables the college to enhance the educational experience of students every day. By giving to the Bates Fund, you provide the next generation with:

  • a best-in-class liberal arts experience spanning academic, athletic, and co-curricular programs
  • funded internships and student-faculty research opportunities
  • access to a global community of supportive alumni, forming a large and ever-growing Bates family
  • generous financial aid (more than $41,000 per student on average) for 43 percent of Bates students
  • a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, with top-in-their-field faculty members
  • technology resources to enhance the experience of students and faculty on our campus
  • Plus, all gifts of any size count toward The Bates Campaign.
+What counts as a gift?

All gifts made to the Bates Fund from the your 46th year through the 50th year will count in the dollar amount raised. All gifts made to capital and endowment from this same period will count in the overall giving amount raised. Multi-year pledges made in the same period will be credited at the full pledge value. If the payment of those pledges extends into the 55th Reunion cycle, the cash donation will not be included in the 55th Reunion total. Gift annuities, charitable trusts, gifts of property, gifts-in-kind, and other irrevocable planned gifts made in the same period will be credited at face value and count toward the overall dollar amount raised.

Ways to give:


Pass the Baton

Reunion volunteers from the prior 50th class pass the 50th Reunion responsibilities to the current 50th class. Volunteers from former, and future, 50th classes are invited to attend.

Following the exchange of responsibilities is an informal workshop for the current 50th class to continue preparations for June.

Classmates pose for the official passing of the baton from 1969 to 1970 over Back to Bates weekend 2019. Pictured L-R: Debbie DiDominicus Carr ’69, Jeff Sturgis ’69 P’93, Mike Nolan ’69 P’94, Steve Andrick ’70, Mary Davis ’70, Barbara Hampel ’70, and Joel Goober ’70. Not pictured: Dennis Fortier ’68, Jan Face Glassman ’71 P’00, Alan Glassman P’00,  Karen Konecki Goober ’68, Keith Harvie ’67, Ellie O’Leary ’70, Cathy Cooper Tracy ’71, Dave Welbourn ’71, Lynn Bitzer Welbourn ’71, Mike Wiers ’71, and Suzanne Woods Kelley ’71.


Upcoming Pass the Baton Gatherings are:

  • 1971: October 2, 2020, time to be confirmed for Reunion volunteers in the classes 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1972

1971 classmates gather for a 50th planning workshop over Back to Bates weekend (L-R): Cathy Cooper Tracy ’71, Mike Wiers ’71, Jan Face Glassman ’71 P’00, Lynn Bitzer Welbourn ’71, and Dave Welbourn ’71.