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For Graduates

Friday, April 12

5:00 p.m. Cap and Gown orders are due for all Seniors, there is no charge!

Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. – 2-Day Grad Sale at the Bowdoin Store. Prize giveaway and special discounts!

Thursday, May 23

8:30 a.m. – Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal. All graduates are required to attend the rehearsal!  Please meet in front of Baxter House.

10:00 a.m.
Regalia pick-up in Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall, immediately following the rehearsal.

Friday, May 24

4:30 p.m. - 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.  We encourage all seniors and their families to attend this special ceremony.   No tickets required.  Note: You do not need to wear your regalia to Baccalaureate.  Seating is general; you may sit with your family and friends.

Saturday, May 25

8:20 a.m. - Seniors meet to check-in and form parade at Baxter House.

9:20 a.m.
- Seniors begin Commencement Processional March from sidewalk area in front of Baxter House.

10:00 a.m.
- The 208th Commencement Exercise will take place outdoors on the Terrace of the Walker Art Building. Rain location: Watson Arena.  No tickets required.  You may bring as many guests as you wish.

6:00 p.m. - College Housing closes for all students.
Please note that seniors must be out of College housing by 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 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.

For more information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact Us

Events and Summer Programs
Regalia orders, student rehearsal participation, Commencement ceremony, and general weekend questions.
207-725-3433; events@bowdoin.edu
Degree progress (including; transfer credit, study away, IB/AP credit, distribution/division requirements, etc.), diploma name, Commencement program name/hometown, major/minor changes.
Julie C. Bedard, Associate Registrar; 207-725-3872; jbedard@bowdoin.edu

Name Pronunciation
If you are concerned about the pronunciation of your name for Commencement, please call the automated service and say your FULL name 3 times slowly.  This voicemail box is private and will not be answered, so call at any time, day or night.  The recording will be forwarded to the faculty member who will be reading your name on May 25.
Office of the Dean of Student Affairs; 207-721-5166

Dining Services
Meal ticketing for the entirety of Commencement weekend, including the Lobster Bake and Commencement Luncheon.
Dining Services Operations; 207-725-3211
Invitations, announcements, and gifts: Bowdoin Store.
207-725-3204 or 1-800-524-2225; bookstore@bowdoin.edu

Senior Week
Information on activities and event sign-ups for graduates leading up to Commencement.

Alumni Relations
No matter where you roam, stay connected to Bowdoin through your local Bowdoin Alumni Club.  Visit bowdoin.edu/alumni to see what events are happening in your area and other ways to get involved.  Contact the Office of Alumni Relations to update your mailing address, email address and phone number.
207-725-3266; alumni@bowdoin.edu


The Grad Fair, Polar Bears

  • The mailing with the full schedule of events, meal ticket order forms, and more will be mailed to parents and families of all graduating Seniors in April.

  • If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at events@bowdoin.edu  or 207-725-3433.