Baccalaureate Speaker Matthew Williams ’16 Publishes Second Poetry Volume

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Matthew Williams ’16

Matthew Williams ’16 would like one day to be a teacher, perhaps an English professor. But he says he can’t stand in front of students and urge them to follow their dreams if he has neglected his own. “I would feel like a fraud,” he said.

So this fall, he plans to attend Emerson College’s MFA program in creative writing. He is already the author of two self-published poetry volumes, The Poet’s Songs: Poetry from a Troubled Youth (2015), and The Beauty Within the Vessel: Poetry from a Troubled Youth (2016). Was Williams a troubled youth? Not really, he says. Read the full story.

Bowdoin Students Win National Fellowships For Global Work

Click on the red dots to see where the graduating seniors with national fellowships will be next year. View a larger version of the map.

This year many graduating seniors and recent alumni have received national fellowship that will take them around the world to work, teach, or do research next year. See the full list.

Five Students Span the Globe to Work in Education, Energy, Finance, Public Health, Education


Alex Cheston, Will Danforth, Olivia Stone, Emma Patterson, and Shan Nagar

Five Bowdoin seniors have been placed by Princeton University-affiliated programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America to work in the fields of finance, energy, public health, education and sustainability.

One Hundred Years Ago: Bowdoin Students Seek Taste of ‘Hobo’ Life

Freight-hopping in California. Archive photo (date unknown)

Freight-hopping in California (archive photo)

A century ago this month, eight Bowdoin students were among a group of college men caught by police for “train hopping.”

According to historian Wayne E. Reilly writing in the Bangor Daily News, they were on their way from Bangor to a college track meet in Brunswick, when they decided to take a risk and travel “hobo” style.

Though the headline read “Police Nabbed 44 Students,” not one “ever saw the inside of the courtroom,” wrote Reilly. “The story was so sensational,” he added, “it edged out much of the war news.”