Archives for May 2016

Bowdoin Celebrates Baccalaureate 2016


Bowdoin College held its Baccalaureate ceremony Friday, May 27, 2016, in the Sidney J. Watson Arena, marking the official close of the academic year. The College’s 211th Commencement will be held Saturday, May 28.

President Clayton Rose presided over the Baccalaureate ceremony for his first time time, using the opportunity to briefly marvel over his first year at Bowdoin, and to offer wisdom for the graduating seniors. Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster delivered “Voices from Bowdoin’s Past,” a Baccalaureate tradition. Two students—Matthew Williams ’16 and Maya Reyes ’16—spoke, and honorand Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, gave the keynote address.

Read about the event and the speakers’ remarks, and see a slideshow from the day.

Two Bowdoin Seniors Commissioned as Marine Corps Officers

In front of the Bowdoin Chapel on Friday morning, two graduating seniors were commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Marine Corps. James “Gibson” Hartley ’16 and Brendan Lawler ’16 took the oath of office from Lawler’s father, Ltn. Col. John Lawler, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.).

Following the commissioning and graduation, Lawler and Hartley will attend The Basic School in Quantico, Va., where they will study war-fighting philosophy, the practical application of combat doctrine, and the art of leadership.

Brendan Lawler spoke at the ceremony, thanking his friends, family, coaches, professors, and fellow marines for all their support. “We cannot have accomplished our goal of becoming marines without your encouragement and help along the way,” he said.

Hartley also thanked family and friend for supporting the two students in pursuing a career that comes with danger and sacrifice. “As you know this is not a profession that is the safest out there, and to our parents and family, faculty and friends, we wanted to acknowledge that and thank you for accepting a bit of the sacrifice as well,” he said. See photos from the event.

A Big Welcome Home to a Victorious Men’s Tennis Team

A crowd gathered in front of Moulton Union Thursday afternoon to welcome back the men’s tennis team after they clinched the NCAA Division III Championship. It was a first for the team, which won 5-0 over Middlebury College in the title match at Kalamazoo College. Read more about the match.

Watch Online: Bowdoin’s Baccalaureate Ceremony


The College will hold its 2016 Baccalaureate ceremony this afternoon, marking the official close of the academic year and celebrating Bowdoin’s 211th Commencement, to be held Saturday, May 28.

The ceremony begins 4:30 p.m. in Sidney J. Watson Arena and includes remarks by President Clayton Rose, Voices from Bowdoin’s Past by Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster, student addresses by Maya Reyes ’16 and Matthew Williams ’16, and a keynote address by Ford Foundation President Darren Walker.

Watch Baccalaureate live online beginning at 4:30 p.m., and use the same link to watch Bowdoin’s 211th Commencement exercises beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 28.