Bowdoin Marks Close of Academic Year with Baccalaureate Ceremony

Bowdoin held its Baccalaureate ceremony Friday, May 26, 2016, in Sidney J. Watson Arena, marking the official close of the academic year.

President Clayton Rose presided over the event, using the opportunity to reflect on his own experiences, and to offer wisdom to graduating seniors. Read more in Bowdoin News

The Next Big Step: Bowdoin Graduates Sworn into Marine Corps

One day ahead of graduation, two seniors, along with a 2016 graduate, were commissioned as officers in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Joe Lace ’17, Quincy Leech ’17, and Dimitria Spathakis ’16 took the oath in a ceremony in the Chapel Friday morning. Read more in Bowdoin News

How Joshua Chamberlain Influenced Maine’s 2017 Ranked-Choice Voting Decision (Bangor Daily News)

Joshua Chamberlain

Joshua Chamberlain

On May 23, 2017, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the state’s voter-approved ranked-choice voting system—due to be implemented next year—is unconstitutional. It was a decision influenced in so small part by the actions of civil war hero, Bowdoin College president and former state governor, Joshua Chamberlain, according to the Bangor Daily News.

The court’s decision mentions Chamberlain—a member of the Bowdoin class of 1852—three times, making particular reference of his role in “charge of the Augusta police force during a tense 12-day period in 1880, when the results of Maine’s gubernatorial and legislative elections were in doubt.”