Student Life

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Ben York ’19 is Helping to Change the Way We Think about Autism

Ben York ’19 who is autistic, gives a voice—profoundly hilarious and insightful one, at that—to those who are unable to articulate what it means to have autism.

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Bowdoin Students Win National Fellowships For Global Work

Many seniors have won prestigious national awards to study or teach around the world next year.


Five Students Span the Globe to Work in Education, Energy, Finance, Public Health, Education

Five Bowdoin seniors have been placed by Princeton University-affiliated programs in Asia, Africa or Latin America to work in the fields of finance, energy, public health, education and sustainability.

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Watch Online: Bowdoin to Honor Class of 2016 at 211th Commencement May 28

Bowdoin will hold its 211th Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 28, 2016, and confer bachelor of arts degrees on the Class of 2016.


A Cappella Groups Perform in First Parish Church

The end-of-year concert by the five student a cappella groups took place at the First Parish Church, on the corner of Bath Road and Maine Street, on May 13. The Longfellows, Miscellania, Ursus Verses, Boka, and Meddiebempsters all performed two songs each.

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Baccalaureate Speaker and Poet Matthew Williams ’16

Matthew Williams ’16, an English major and teaching minor, was selected along with Maya Reyes ’16 to give a speech at Bowdoin’s Baccalaureate ceremony on May 27. In a draft of this talk, he writes, “Out of all the things you could have been good at you went and had to like poetry, really.”


McKeen Symposium Highlights Link Between College and Community

Each year the McKeen Center for the Common Good invites students to present the work they’ve done over the past year—whether for classes, independent studies, or extracurricular community service—that has involved the people and organizations in Brunswick, the local region, or elsewhere in Maine.


College House Profile: Reed House

Each semester, we profile a College House, one of the eight social houses that make up what some call Bowdoin’s “living rooms.” This time we profile Reed House, on Boody Street.


Canine Therapy: Dogs Join Students in Library

It’s finals time, which means the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library is bringing dogs in (aka as stress reducers) for students to pet and cuddle.

Dedicated to History: College Opens ‘Harriet’s Writing Room’ to Public

On Monday, Bowdoin College hosted an open house to welcome the public into Harriet’s Writing Room and to celebrate the Harriet Beecher Stowe House’s designation with the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.


KeVonté Anderson ’16 to Participate in ‘NeXt Doc’ for Emerging Filmmakers

KeVonté Anderson has been accepted to NeXt Doc, a four-day intensive program in New York of workshops, master classes, and screenings.


Muslim Students: What You Don’t Know About Islam and the Qur’an

As part of a week of programming on Islam, the Muslim Student Association and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life recently organized two events: a talk on Islam and politics and another that offered a counterpoint to the mainstream media’s take on Islam and the Qur’an.

27 Out Seniors Honored at Annual Dinner

Many students gathered recently at Cram Alumni House’s Torrey Barn to celebrate 27 of the graduating class’s 40 out LGBTIQA seniors.

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Old-school Tweeting: Campus Teams Compete in 2nd Annual Birdathon

For the second yea in a row, Professor of Biology Nat Wheelwright organized a campus-wide Birdathon, inviting students, staff, and faculty to try to identify as many birds as possible in 90 minutes.

Slideshow: Spring Gala 2016

Smith Union’s Morrell Lounge was transformed for the annual semi-formal Spring Gala, organized by Student Activities and Bowdoin Student Government. Photos by Michele Stapleton


HBO-Bowdoin Diversity Internship Brings Students into Movie, TV Business

Four years ago, Bowdoin and HBO set up a unique internship.

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Bowdoin Students Take ‘Macbeth’ Outdoors (Weather Permitting)

Bowdoin students from the Masque and Gown theatrical club are planning an outdoor performance of the Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth this weekend, on the steps of the Museum of Art. The shows, which start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, run about 75 minutes and have a cast of 13, most of whom are first years […]

Slideshow: Ivies Weekend 2016

The annual Ivies celebration brought hundreds of students together for music, dancing and a celebration of nearing end of the academic year.


Selling Empanadas on the Quad to Raise Money for Ecuador

After the 7.8 earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16, students launched into action. Caroline Martinez ’16, who grew up in Ecuador, is leading the charge to raise $5,000 for Ecuador’s Red Cross by May 6. Selling homemade empanadas in the Smith Union and the Quad, she says she’s about halfway toward her goal.


Personal Finance 101: New Financial Literacy Club Reaches Out to Alumni

Jessica Gluck ’18 has started a new Financial Literacy Club for students. “We want to bring professionals and alumni to campus to host hands-on workshops,” she said.