Commencement Weekend 2017 Highlights

Friday, May 26

Throughout the Day
Commencement Welcome Table open in the Smith Union for up-to-date information and questions.
Annual Meeting of Phi Beta Kappa
Academic and Departmental Open Houses (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.).
Museum and Library Tours
Special Events with Honorary Degree Recipients (between 1:00 p.m. and 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 remarks by President Clayton Rose, a speech by a graduating senior, and a keynote address by an honorary degree recipient.

Down East Lobster Bake

5:30 p.m. Down East Lobster Bake
Immediately following Baccalaureate, join us for the Down East Lobster Bake. Tent adjacent to Farley Field House (next to Watson Arena). Entrance on Coffin Street. Seating is available in the Field House. Meal tickets are required.

Saturday, May 27

9:20 a.m.
Commencement Processional March begins.

10:00 a.m. 211th Commencement Exercises
The Commencement ceremony will be held outside in front of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, except in the case of severe weather. If it’s raining, bring an umbrella and other rain gear. No tickets are necessary for the outdoor ceremony, and you may bring as many guests as you wish. In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be held in the Sidney J. Watson Arena. Information regarding notification and details for an indoor ceremony will be shared with families in the spring.  

Noon. Commencement Luncheon
For graduates and their families, alumni, faculty, staff, and guests at Farley Field House.