Watch Online: Bowdoin’s 214th Convocation — Today


The College’s annual Convocation ceremony, marking the official opening of the 213th academic year, will be held this afternoon in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.

The ceremony, which will include remarks by President Clayton Rose, Professor of Religion Robert Morrison and Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster, will be streamed live, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Watch online here.

Prospective Students Make Spring and Summer Visits in Record Numbers

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Prospective students have been coming to campus in droves. Led by backwards-walking Admissions tour guides, record numbers of high school students visited during the spring and summer to walk the quad and see what makes the College the place that it is. Over the spring (January 1–April 30), 2,004 students visited Bowdoin. This summer (May 1–August 28), 3,441 students stopped in, for a total of 5,455 visits by prospective students.

“Visiting the campus is one way to learn much more about Bowdoin, Maine, and the opportunities here,” said Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Scott Meiklejohn. “We had a great crew of student tour guides and interviewers with us once again, and in true Bowdoin fashion, they carried a huge share of the workload during our busiest summer ever. We’re excited about all of the interest from prospective members of the Class of 2020.”

Bowdoin Library Served Big Batch of American Cookery Books (Portland Press Herald)

19thcenturycookerybooks25082015_08252015-11In the Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery — the library’s new collection of more than 700 American cookery books — you can find recipes for federal pancakes, squash pie, flummery (fermented pudding), calf’s head pie and stewed oysters. You can read about how to smoke a herring over a campfire or how to remove freckles.

Along with “receipts” (as recipes were once commonly called), many of the books offer household advice for “young, inexperienced housewives” or frugal housewives, bachelors or servants. The new collection, made possible by a gift from Esta Kramer, includes titles dating from the 1770s to the 1960s. Read more in the Portland Press Herald and in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin Rewind: The Summer of 2015

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On this last day before the official start of the fall semester, we look back at the summer of 2015, as seen through Bowdoin social media on Storify.

Spending a Summer on an Island of Birds

Marissa Browning-Kamins ’16 lived on a 24-acre island off the coast of southern Maine this summer, protecting and gathering data about colonies of nesting terns. She had a fellowship to join the National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin, a longterm restoration project for some of Maine’s coastal seabirds. This Story Map is best viewed in its own window.

Read the News story here.