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Bowdoin Celebrates Baccalaureate 2012 Archives

(L. to r.) Baccalaureate speakers Humaira Awais Shahid, Barry Mills, Tim Foster and Tanu Kumar '12.


Bowdoin College held its 2012 Baccalaureate ceremony Friday, marking the official close of the academic year and celebrating the College’s 207th Commencement.

President Barry Mills addressed the role of a liberal arts education in the technology age and Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster delivered the Baccalaureate tradition, “Voices from Bowdoin’s Past,” in which he shares the story of how the Polar Bear came to be the College mascot.

Tanu Kumar ’12 delivered the student address, “Beginning from Home”; and Humaira Awais Shahid, journalist, activist and provincial legislator in Pakistan, and 2012 honorary degree recipient, delivered the keynote address, “The Long Arm of God,” in which she shared her passion for speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves, achieved, she says, through cultivating awareness.