Everyone pitches in, including President Clayton Spencer.
Carrie Murphey '06, assistant dean of students for first-year programs, likes to say that "everyone arrives on Opening Day with a suitcase and story." So, take a look at the former, and imagine the latter!
No matter the combination of letters — AESOP, OWL, JA, or RC — student leaders are eager to make move-in as smooth as possible.
After whisking belongings to bedrooms, new students can make their rooms their own — or take a breather.
Whether it's important information from the Resource Fair or a bandana for the dog, students and families find what they need.
The Family and New Student Barbecue provides sustenance before the afternoon's various presentations.
The late-afternoon President's Welcome begins with remarks from Director of Admission Darryl Uy, who lets new students know that their classmates might be a mindfulness coach, flag expert, or Guinness World Record holder.
President Clayton Spencer in her Welcome Address emphasizes letting go (and how difficult it is).
During the Golden Hour, the day's final event for new families, the Farewell Reception, is also a time for family photos.
For parents, it's goodbye time. For students, it's go time: their Bates experience is about to begin.
First-years hike up Mount David to watch the setting sun. It's a tradition that mirrors the sunrise hike they'll make as graduating seniors in four years.