Archives for May 2016

Holiday History: Why Memorial Day is a Three-Day Weekend (TIME)

Memorial Day256

Originally observed as a commemoration of those killed in the American Civil War, Memorial Day has, due to what TIME calls a “loss of memory and shift into recreation,” become synonymous with the start of summer.

Read how the change can be traced back to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, enacted in 1971.

Sharing Commencement Speaker Bill De La Rosa’s Story of the Common Good (WGME)

Bill De La Rosa '16

Bill De La Rosa ’16

In his Commencement address, “The Power of the Common Good,” Bill De La Rosa ’16, who was born in the US but raised in Mexico, shared memories of his going door-to-door selling his mother’s tortillas and tamales, and helping her clean motel rooms—before she was deported in 2009 and barred from returning to the US for 10 years. His father then had a stroke, leaving De La Rosa to care for him and two younger siblings.

Local CBS affiliate WGME spoke with De La Rosa about his journey from his border town in Arizona, to Bowdoin, and beyond.


Ben York ’19 is Helping to Change the Way We Think about Autism (207)

Ben York '19 interviewed on  campus for WCSH's 207. Click image to view segment.

Ben York ’19 interviewed on campus for WCSH’s 207. Click image to view segment.

Ben York ’19 who is autistic, gives a voice—a profoundly hilarious and insightful one, at that—to those who are unable to articulate what it means to have autism.

York has done this through presentations, such as the one he gave recently to providers within the Maine Department of Education’s Child Development Services system, and in his regular Bowdoin Orient column, “An Autistic’s Guide to Autism.”

York shared his story—and his work—with the WCSH newsmagazine 207.

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.