During Bowdoin's 200th commencement, President Mills encouraged the graduates to think about what happens next in their lives.
"Choosing a career is necessary and important, but you must also choose the manner in which you will pursue your goals," he said. "What you will come to know - if you don't already - is that the past four years have prepared you to serve effectively in leadership roles in your professions and communities across America and across the world. They have prepared you to make a living, but they have also prepared you to make a difference."
Senior Class President Peter D. Hastings tied the present to the past by comparing his class with the Class of 1806, Bowdoin's first graduating class.
"If we expect to honor our parents, our college and our own hard work," Hastings said, "we must continue to seek ideals that we can be passionate about. We must pursue our passions with all the energy we can muster. We must combine our intellect with our ideals, and our pride in the past with our faith in the future. The Class of 1806 would have expected no less."