Watch Online: Bowdoin’s Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises

If you’re aren’t able to come to campus for Baccalaureate and Commencement, the ceremonies can come right to you. Watch online at

Baccalaureate begins Friday, May 26, at 4:30 p.m. in Sidney J. Watson Arena.
Commencement begins Saturday, May 27, at 10 a.m. on the steps of the Museum of Art.

Also check out Facebook Live Saturday morning to catch members of the Class of 2017 as the Commencement procession makes its way around the quad. Seniors will be on the move after 9:20 a.m.

Access complete information about Commencement Weekend, including the schedule of events, FAQs, campus maps, facility hours, and more — and sign up to receive text updates about the weekend on your mobile device. Click here to get the free mobile app; once inside the app, search for “2017 Bowdoin Commencement” and tap to download.

Remembering Former Admissions Director Richard W. Moll

Richard W. Moll

In a message to the Bowdoin community, President Clayton Rose shares news of the death of Richard W. Moll, Bowdoin’s director of admissions from 1967 to 1975, and a creative and influential figure in the field of college admissions.

Moll helped establish a strong foundation for coeducation at Bowdoin and championed diversity in the College’s admissions practices.

The New York Times covered Moll in 1970, when he made the persuasive case for dropping the SAT requirement at Bowdoin, the first college to do so.

The New York Times wrote about Moll again in 2006, when he married Wallace Pinfold in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Robert Ives, a friend who had worked for Moll in the admissions office and who would go on to become Bowdoin’s Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Professor Gibbons Wins US Grant to Study Proposed Nuclear Weapons Ban

Last December, 113 nations voted at the United Nations to begin the process of eliminating nuclear weapons worldwide. These nations will meet in June in an attempt to finalize negotiations and produce a treaty.

Visiting Assistant Professor of History Rebecca Gibbons, recently awarded a grant from the US Air Force Academy, will spend the next few months, with help from a student researcher, looking into the possible effects of the wave of anti-nuclear sentiment on US allies.

While the United States and other countries possessing nuclear weapons oppose the Humanitarian Pledge’s approach to banning them, the movement could gain traction and help organize and intensify resistance around the world. “It is not that this treaty will have a big effect initially,” Gibbons said, “but it will galvanize people. It is a normative endgame to stigmatize the weapons, and is affecting populations in Europe.” Read the story in Bowdoin News.