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Bentley in the Bahamas

A distinctive Bentley senior class experience

For over two decades, Bentley University has offered the senior class an international experience to the Bahamas before Commencement. For many seniors, this unique opportunity represents the culmination of four years of hard work, and signifies a transition from student to alumni.  

Through a connection with classmates, contributions to the local Bahamian community, and an exploration of the country's distinctive culture and traditions, Bentley in Bahamas has become a cherished tradition. It is a one-of-a-kind experience that seniors hold onto long after they walk across the stage at Commencement.  

Registered participants will have a four night stay at The Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and Casino, opportunities for nightly social events and activities, dining at local establishments and other community engagement opportunities. Once registered, all participants will receive a comprehensive Bahamas Booklet and guide, outlining events and activities such as excursions to Nassau, Casino and Museum visits, fine dining at local establishments, as well as community service projects.

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"The Bentley Bahamas trip was truly the best 3 days of my life. I could go on and on about the food, the weather, the beautiful resort, etc. Each day we were given the option to go on excursions, boat cruises, and themed nights out. There was no shortage of assistance from staff who attended, and there is truly nothing like being on vacation with all of your best friends. I cherish the memories, looking back on those amazing three days filled with sun, sand, and life long friendship. The only thing I would change about the trip is that I wish it had been longer!"

- Mary Ponziani, '18

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"The Bahamas trip was a really memorable moment in my college career. Not only was it a unique transition to graduation, but also a very meaningful final goodbye to my classmates. The trip was filled with laughter, joy, happiness and smiles."

- Rachel Wong ’16

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"Returning to one of our favorite Bentley traditions will allow you to embark on a terrific experience with fellow classmates. I hope this trip inspires a sense of pride in your soon-to-be alma mater, while also providing a chance to connect with your class, engage in new experiences, and celebrate what has been an unprecedented college journey."

- Andrew Shepardson
Vice President Student Affairs


Dates: Sunday, May 15 -- Thursday May 19, 2022

Accommodations: 5 days and 4 nights at the Atlantis Bahamas hotel, 200 + rooms within Coral Tower

The cost: $1550 per student 

What's included: Daily lunch voucher valid at various resort eateries; three dinners throughout the trip; four nights admission to activities and club nights available to trip participants only, local community service experiences (COVID protocol depending) and roundtrip airfare and ground transportation,  

How to pay:

The first registration deadline has passed. If you are still interested in attending and would like more information, please email

Note: Payment will be broken up into three installments

  • First Payment - October 16 - 31 = $250
  • Second Payment - November 7-December 10 = $650
  • Final Payment - December 17 -- February 4 = $650

We understand that this trip is a significant financial investment and one that might be a challenge for many students and/or families. We deeply value this trip feeling accessible to those seniors who are interested. We do have payment plan options available and welcome outreach from any student worried about the financial obligation. For more information please email  

Questions and Registration: 


In compliance with Bentley University and due to current travel restrictions in the Bahamas, all participants in the Bentley in the Bahamas trip will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with no exceptions. We are committed to providing a safe travel experience for students. Bentley in the Bahamas plans will be subject to change in accordance with local and international COVID-19 protocols and restrictions.


It is critical to the success of the Bahamas trip to partner with students and ensure student voice is central to our planning. The following student groups are close partners and advisors in our work and we will continue to benefit from their influence to ensure the best trip possible for the Class of 2022:

Class of 2022 Senior Class Cabinet

Alloction and Internal Audit (AIA)

Bentley in the Bahamas Student Advisory Group for 2021-2022