For the first time in his collegiate throwing career, Bowdoin senior John Pietro, of Sutton, Mass., has qualified for the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championship. However, his events, the shot put and hammer throw, are scheduled for this Friday and Saturday in LaCrosse, Wisconsin — in direct conflict with Commencement.
The solution was simple. Pietro met President Clayton Rose on the steps of the Museum of Art Tuesday morning to receive his diploma — officially becoming the first graduate of the Bowdoin College Class of 2018.
Pietro and three underclassmen will head to the NCAA Championship in Wisconsin Thursday.
A complete preview of the event here.