Bowdoin Celebrates 212th Commencement

Bowdoin College conferred 478 bachelor of arts degrees to the Class of 2017, comprising students from 39 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 20 other countries and territories, during its 212th Commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 27.

Commencement 2017: Invocation by Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin

Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin, who has led High Holiday services at Bowdoin for nearly twenty years, delivered the invocation at Bowdoin’s 212th Commencement ceremony, held May 27, 2017.

Commencement 2017 Student Address: Raisa Tolchinsky ’17

At Bowdoin’s 212th Commencement ceremony, held May 27, 2017, Raisa Tolchinsky ’17, winner of the Goodwin Prize, delivered the poem, For Bowdoin, Class of 2017.

Commencement 2017 Student Speaker: Starling Irving ’17

Class of 1868 Prize Winner Starling Irving ’17 delivered the address “The Cosmic Lottery” at Bowdoin’s 212th Commencement May 27, 2017.

Commencement 2017 Welcome: President Clayton Rose

Bowdoin College President Clayton S. Rose welcomed the Class of 2017, their family and friends, and members of the Bowdoin community to the College’s 212th Commencement ceremony May 27, 2017.

Bowdoin Celebrates Baccalaureate 2017

Bowdoin College held its Baccalaureate ceremony Friday, May 26, 2016, in the Sidney J. Watson Arena, marking the official close of the academic year.

Hanna Holborn Gray: Baccalaureate Address 2017

Hanna Holborn Gray Baccalaureate Address. May 26, 2017. Let me begin by congratulating you most warmly on the achievements that have brought you to this occasion. I feel very much honored to be joining the class of 2017. But there are still some hours left to get there. In the meantime, I will share with you […]

Baccalaureate Address by Laura Hernandez ’17

Becoming a Bowdoin Person Laura Hernandez ’17 Baccalaureate 2017 President Rose, members of the College, and guests, A special alumnus of the College recently said to me, “Bowdoin is great at many things, but something it excels at, is finding Bowdoin people. Admissions just knows how to find that special sauce in all of us. That’s […]

“Voices from Bowdoin’s Past.” Baccalaureate 2017, Dean of Student Affairs Timothy Foster

Voices from Bowdoin’s Past Baccalaureate May 26, 2017 Bowdoin’s campus is intimate and contained, but in the beginning, it was just plain tiny. Back then, in the early decades of the nineteenth century, the entire campus was just a small corner of the quad we know and enjoy today—a rectangle with Mass Hall on the […]

Clayton Rose: Baccalaureate Address 2017

Clayton Rose Baccalaureate Remarks 2017 I have never been someone who leaves his work until the last minute. I only pulled one all-nighter in college, in my freshman year, and was so shattered for days that I never did that again. So, I have been thinking about what I would say to you for some […]

Two Seniors and a Graduate Commissioned as Marine Corps Officers

The trio’s next stop will be The Basic School in Quantico Va., where they will spend six months studying war-fighting philosophy, the practical application of combat doctrine, and the art of leadership.

Bowdoin Senior’s Immigration Study Contributes to State House Debate

To help ameliorate a looming workforce shortage in the state, state senator Roger Katz (R-Augusta) has introduced a bill this legislative session that aims to attract and retain new Mainers. The bill aligns with immigration-related work that senior Thomas Freeman did last summer, when he interned for Coastal Enterprises, Inc., in Brunswick with a Denning Fellowship.

Seniors Enjoy Final Days of College Before Graduation

With their final papers turned in and their end-of-semester exams quickly fading into history, the seniors have at last completed their college education. In the days leading up to Commencement, called Senior Week, the students have a few days to relax and enjoy their last days at Bowdoin.

Callye Bolster ’19 Starts All-Female Comedy Troupe at Bowdoin

In all seriousness, Callye Bolster added she has been impressed, particularly during last year’s presidential election, by the influence of comedy on American politics. “It’s a very good way of getting messages across,” she said. “I enjoy [doing comedy] so much and it also can have a degree of impact.”

Mike Kolster to Discuss New Book at Griffin Museum of Photography

The book, titled “Take Me to the River”, features photographs by Kolster of four rivers that flow into the Atlantic Ocean—the Androscoggin, Schuylkill, James, and Savannah—as they emerge from two centuries of industrial use and neglect.

Special Collections & Archives Summer Hours

Special Collections & Archives assumes modified public hours this summer, beginning Monday, June 5. Come explore the College’s rare books, manuscripts, and archival records this summer on weekdays between 1:00-5:00 p.m. or by appointment.

The Race for Wealth: Speculation, Competition and Morality in Victorian Art

Professor of Art History Pamela Fletcher examines how Victorian art reflected social reality, focusing on the work of William Powell Frith, a one-time celebrity of the art world who was pushed into obscurity by the rise of modernism.

Why You Should Not Miss Museum of Art’s ‘Why Draw?’ Exhibition (Boston Globe)

In a recent review of the Museum’s current exhibition “Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College,” the Boston Globe observes that the more than 150 works in the show reveal both the intimacy and immediacy of drawings and watercolors.

Redefining Realism? Michelle Lee on Balzac’s Fictional Travelog

Postdoctoral fellow Lee explains how the nineteenth century French author’s foray into travel writing “showed the world how the scope of realism could be expanded beyond its traditional, European boundaries.”

Professor Gibbons Wins US Grant to Study Proposed Nuclear Weapons Ban

Government professor Rebecca Gibbons, recently awarded a grant from the US Air Force Academy, will spend the next few months, with help from a student researcher, looking into the possible effects of the wave of anti-nuclear sentiment on US allies.