Bowdoin Celebrates 211th Commencement


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. 



  1. was pleased to read about the commencement of 2016. but very disappointed to see no remarks about the Honorary degree received by Frank Shorter. Frank, like our own Joan Benoit Samuelson, was a pace setter in worldwide athletic performances, their both having won Olympic gold medals in respective gender Marathon compeitions. Very little was now conveyed to the Bowdoin community . This is inferior reporting. Please correct your error. Thank you. Herb Phillips, former marahon compeitor (of median talent)

  2. Dear Mr. Phillips,
    Thank you for taking the time to write. As you might imagine, Commencement Weekend is one full of countless events, requiring the College’s “reporting staff” to prioritize all the material, lest some of it get lost in the onslaught of offerings. We recognize the interest in the College’s honorands, which is why they are promoted beforehand and included in the event coverage as well as in a plan for the coming week. You may be delighted to learn that the talks given by both Frank Shorter and Dorothea Rockburne were streamed live—and recorded. These recordings (and Darren Walker’s Baccalaureate keynote address, too) will be published in the week ahead, where they will get perhaps a larger share of the limelight than would have been the case earlier. Thanks again for your interest—and for reading the Bowdoin Daily Sun!

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