In one of the rainiest springs on record, there was some nail biting on campus in the days leading up to the College's 201st commencement exercises. Would they be indoors or out? The call was made: the skies would clear; it would be outside. True to history, the sun shone brightly on the 420 new graduates and their families and friends (knock wood; Bowdoin has had to hold commencement indoors due to the weather since 1986).
Class of 2006 members Allie Yanikoski, the Goodwin Commencement Prize Winner; Harry Jones, senior class president; and David Dulhalde-Wine, Class of 1868 Prize winner, delivered the commencement addresses. It has been tradition that graduating seniors deliver the commencement addresses since the first graduation in 1806.
Bowdoin awarded honorary doctorates to Roger Angell, senior editor at The New Yorker; Nawal M. Nour, physician and founding director of the African Women's Health Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital; Kiki Smith, renowned graphic artist and sculptor; Beverly Daniel Tatum, psychologist, author, and president of Spelman College; and Donald M. Zuckert, a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1956 and trustee emeritus of the College.
Alas, Reunion-goers did not stay as dry just a few days after Commencement, as more than four inches of rain fell during Reunion Weekend (and on the Class of 1986-again!). But, it would take more than a mere deluge to dampen the spirits of the nearly 2,000 alumni and their family members who rolled up their pant legs and enjoyed one another's company, plenty of entertainment, great food, and simply being back in good ol' Brunswick, Maine.
Among the highlights of the weekend, Herbert French '46, Kenneth Legins '92, and Professor Allen Springer were recognized for their outstanding service to the College. French received the 2006 Alumni Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Bowdoin Alumni Council, given annually to an exemplary Bowdoin Volunteer. Legins earned the 2006 Common Good Award from the Board of Trustees for "extraordinary, profound, and sustained commitment to the common good." Spring, professor of government and legal studies, was presented with the 2006 Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, bestowed by the Alumni Council for exceptional "service and devotion" to the College.