Dear Bates Students:

With a new school year now underway, I wanted to take a moment to warmly thank you for choosing Lewiston as your choice for post-secondary education!

Bates students are an integral part of our community, and the contributions they’ve historically made both on and off campus are tremendous assets. We welcome your zest for learning and encourage further civic engagement. Your aspirations will bring new life and energy to Lewiston, serving as an added appeal to those seeking a move here or business start-up.

Lewiston is a vibrant, growing city filled with diversity, cultural and theatrical activities, music, festivals, shopping, restaurants, history, entrepreneurial spirit, and more! May the City of Lewiston feel “like home” as you enjoy all it has to offer, and as you live and study here, it is our hope that you might consider residing/working here after graduation.

In the meantime, may you embrace new dreams and goals while at Bates, and we look forward to you sharing them within the community. Such input will no doubt make Lewiston an even better place to live, work, do business, and raise a family!

Best wishes for a successful year!


Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston