A rite of passage for first-year students, the signing of the matriculation book brings students to the second floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Hall for a chat with President Clayton Rose. One by one, they sign their names and peruse the signatures of those who have come before them.
Faculty representatives from all academic departments crowded into Morrell Gym August 29, 2016, to pitch their courses to the Class of 2020. Hundreds of first-year students were faced with forty booths, offering a total of 369 courses.
Each year, as part of first-year orientation, the incoming class watches a play called Perspectives. Written by an upperclass student, the play is a compilation of stories and statements pulled from the class’s college applications.
Bowdoin hired James Jelin ’16 to write Perspectives this summer. Jelin, a computer science and math major, and a theater minor, has helped produce Perspectives each year for the past three years. “It’s a unique and powerful way of approaching diversity,” he said, one that can ably demonstrate the breadth of experiences and outlooks contained within one college class. Read more about the play.
President Clayton Rose challenged members of the incoming Class of 2020 to embrace being uncomfortable, to question their beliefs, and to develop the “skills, knowledge, and disposition” that will make them “intellectually fearless.”
“Our education and experience are about questions more than answers,” said Rose. “They are about challenging deeply held views and pushing ourselves to comprehend new material—to engage with new ideas and ideas we disagree with and, in doing so, to consider material that shakes us up, that unsettles us, and yes, that may offend us.” Read more about President Rose’s welcome, including the text of his remarks, and view a video of his address.