Bowdoin Celebrates 211th Commencement


During Bowdoin College’s 211th Commencement ceremony, held May 28, bachelor of arts degrees were awarded to the Class of 2016, comprising students from 39 states, the District of Columbia, and 15 other countries and territories.

The invocation was delivered by the Rev. Robert Ives ’69, Bowdoin’s director of religious and spiritual life. President Clayton Rose then welcomed the graduating seniors, their family and friends, and members of the Bowdoin Community.

As has been the tradition since Bowdoin’s first graduation ceremony in 1806, commencement addresses were delivered by graduating seniors. This year’s speakers, chosen through competition, were Bill De La Rosa ’16 and Rachel Snyder ‘16. Bowdoin awarded honorary degrees to abstract artist Dorothea Rockburne, Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter, trustee emeritus Peter M. Small ’64, P’97, P’99,  and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker. Read more about the ceremony and read the remarks in full. 


Slideshow: Snapshots from Commencement Day

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Commencement 2016 was sunny, hot, and cheerful. The big day was captured in photos, from beginning to end.

Commencement 2016 in Less Than One Minute

Four years of college go by in an instant; so, too, does the Commencement ceremony that caps off the journey—especially when condensed in just under a minute.

Meet the Class of 2016’s Anderson Triplets

(L. to r.) John Anderson, Kevonte Anderson, Lloyd Anderson

(L. to r.) John Anderson, Kevonte Anderson, Lloyd Anderson

The Class of 2016’s Anderson triplets were the talk of the procession Commencement morning. Due to the queue’s alphabetical order, twin brothers John and Lloyd Anderson, of Novelty, Ohio, found themselves separated in the lineup by Kevonte Anderson, of Nashville, and thus, the Anderson triplets were born.