Pres. Mills Ushers Students Into Matriculation Tradition

Every September during Convocation week, President Barry Mills devotes three days to personally welcoming first-year students, ushering 10 to 20 of them at a time into his office to meet them one-on-one. At the same time, he oversees the Bowdoin tradition of having first-years sign the College’s matriculation books. On Monday and Tuesday this week, Mills met with 12 groups back-to-back, and then met nine groups of students on Wednesday.

Besides giving a brief history of the college, Mills also offers the first-years some advice, such as to study hard and to pursue their interests outside of class. “You’re official Bowdoin students. You’ve signed the book; you’re in, ” Mills told one group. “And so make the most of this place. It’s a great place. You are incredibly privileged to be here, but you deserve to be. So make the most of this place — don’t do it half way. Take full advantage of it, and you’ll have an amazing time.”

thumb:Eco Service Day 2014 brought students to Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick, where they were growing seeds for the Bowdoin Organic Garden. Image from the new Sustainability website. Click photo to visit site.