As Parents Weekend winded down, I managed to catch a wedding on campus near the Bates College Chapel this afternoon. As many Batesies know, it’s a well-known rumor that 60% of Batesies will end up tying the knot. As over-sappy as this may sound, a recent Bates grad after analysis for her senior project discovered that the accurate figure is “approximately 12.5 percent. Of the 23,356 living alums in the Bates database, 2,914 have a spouse or partner who is also a Bates alum.”
Sorry for all the romantics out there, but do remember, most of our parents (I can speak for mine, at least) met in college. You could call it a marketing strategy to attract prospective students and even more so, long-time partners, but one thing remains for certain: that this incident I’ve witnessed today demonstrates how deep the bond runs between Batesies, even down to love and to truly “cherish, till death do us part”- both of each other and our school.
And most definitely, “I do“.