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Bowdoin Commencement

Commencement Weekend Highlights

Friday, May 23, 2014

Throughout the day
Visit the Commencement welcome table in the Smith Union for the most up to date information; The Annual Meeting of Phi Beta Kappa will be held on Friday morning; Academic and Departmental Open Houses will take place between 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Museum and Library Tours and Exhibits will be available throughout the day; Special Events with Honorary Degree Recipients will take place between 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Ceremony
The Baccalaureate Ceremony, held in Watson Arena, marks the official close of the academic year and the coming together of graduates and their families. It includes music, a speech by a graduating senior, and a keynote address by one of the honorary degree recipients. Ample parking is available at the arena.

Down East Lobster Bake

5:30 p.m. Down East Lobster Bake
Immediately following Baccalaureate, join us for the Down East Lobster Bake located next to Watson Arena in the tent adjacent to Farley Field House. Seating is available indoors. Meal tickets are required.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

9:05 a.m.
Alumni meet in front of the Chapel to form parade. Faculty meet in front of Hubbard Hall.

10:00 a.m.
The 209th Commencement Exercises will take place outdoors on the Terrace of the Walker Art Building. No tickets required. You may bring as many guests as you wish.

Commencement Luncheon for graduates and their families, alumni, faculty, staff, and guests. The luncheon will be held at Farley Field House. Meal tickets are required.  Note: Shuttle buses are available to transport guests from the Commencement Exercises to the luncheon; buses pick up in front of Moulton Union. Golf carts are also available; golf carts pick up in front of the Chapel.

6:00 p.m. College Housing closes for all students. 
Please note that seniors must be out of College housing by 6:00 pm on Saturday, May 24, at which time their housing access cards will be deactivated. Permission to stay beyond 6:00 p.m. must be arranged through the Office of Residential Life. 

What you need to know

Commencement Schedule

Commencement mobile app

NEW! Download the mobile app to your iPhone, iPad, Android or other mobile device.

Commencement brochure PDF

Download a PDF of the Commencement Weekend brochure.

Live Streaming
For families and friends unable to attend the ceremony, the 209th Commencement of Bowdoin College will be streamed live on the day of the event. Please visit Live Event on the day of the event for instructions.

Handicapped parking spaces are designated in all parking areas. If you or one of your family members will require additional assistance during any part of the weekend, please contact the Office of Events and Summer Programs at 207-725-3433 or events@bowdoin.edu.

We urge you to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible, as local hotels fill quickly for this weekend. For more information on local accommodations, please review the visiting Bowdoin section of our website or contact the Southern Midcoast Chamber of Commerce at 207-725-8797.

Meal ticket order forms are due by May 12.  For Dining and meal ticket questions, please contact Dining Services at 207-725-3211 or 207-725-3181.

Invitations, Gifts, and Photographs

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Contact Us
If you have additional questions please review our Frequently Asked Questions section or contact the Office of Events and Summer Programs at events@bowdoin.edu or 207-725-3433.