Watch Online: Bowdoin’s Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises

If you’re aren’t able to come to campus for Baccalaureate and Commencement, the ceremonies can come right to you. Watch online at

Baccalaureate begins Friday, May 26, at 4:30 p.m. in Sidney J. Watson Arena.
Commencement begins Saturday, May 27, at 10 a.m. on the steps of the Museum of Art.

Also check out Facebook Live Saturday morning to catch members of the Class of 2017 as the Commencement procession makes its way around the quad. Seniors will be on the move after 9:20 a.m.

Access complete information about Commencement Weekend, including the schedule of events, FAQs, campus maps, facility hours, and more — and sign up to receive text updates about the weekend on your mobile device. Click here to get the free mobile app; once inside the app, search for “2017 Bowdoin Commencement” and tap to download.

Remembering Former Admissions Director Richard W. Moll

Richard W. Moll

In a message to the Bowdoin community, President Clayton Rose shares news of the death of Richard W. Moll, Bowdoin’s director of admissions from 1967 to 1975, and a creative and influential figure in the field of college admissions.

Moll helped establish a strong foundation for coeducation at Bowdoin and championed diversity in the College’s admissions practices.

The New York Times covered Moll in 1970, when he made the persuasive case for dropping the SAT requirement at Bowdoin, the first college to do so.

The New York Times wrote about Moll again in 2006, when he married Wallace Pinfold in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Robert Ives, a friend who had worked for Moll in the admissions office and who would go on to become Bowdoin’s Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Walk On By: Facebook Live to Stream Procession Moments

Can’t make it to campus this Saturday, May 27, for Bowdoin’s 212th Commencement? Watch it live as it happens —  a couple of ways.

Check out Facebook Live to catch members of the Class of 2017 as the Commencement procession makes its way around the quad. Seniors will be on the move after 9:20 a.m.; our Facebook Live cam will capture smiling faces, waves, and cheers as they proceed to the their seats in front of the Museum steps.

The ceremony itself begins at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live at

Renovations to Historic Whittier Field and Magee-Samuelson Track Underway

Whittier Field and Magee-Samuelson Track, as seen May 25, 2017

Site work is underway at Whittier Field and Magee-Samuelson Track. The renovation project announced in late March includes plans for replacing the existing grass field with artificial turf and adding lights, seating, and a new press box, along with an expansion of the current six-lane track to the eight lanes required to host championship track meets.

It also includes a restoration of the original footprint of Hubbard Grandstand through the removal of bleachers that were added over the years to the perimeter of the structure. This will allow the straight-away lanes on the starting side to abut the edge of the grandstand, as originally intended. More about the renovation project in Bowdoin News.