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.