A Bowdoin Father’s Day


A Bowdoin Father’s Day from Bowdoin College (Video by Catherine Yochum ’15)

One of Bowdoin’s most celebrated dads visited campus this week with his daughter, just in time for Father’s Day.

Wil Smith ’00 enrolled at Bowdoin at age 27 with four-year-old Olivia in tow, and spent his college career juggling the roles of single parent, student, athlete, and member of the Navy Reserves. He went on to get a law degree and served for a decade as Associate Dean of Multicultural Students at Bowdoin, before becoming Dean of Community and Multicultural Affairs at the Berkshire School. Today, Olivia is getting ready to start her own college career at Howard University.

“He’s always putting other people before himself,” Olivia said, and “he never gives up.”

Listen to a recent NPR interview with Wil and Olivia, and read more about their incredible story.

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