Campus News

Commencement Speakers

Story posted May 15, 1998

May 5, 1998, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Ranjit Rauniyar '98 and Chris Giordano '98 will deliver addresses during Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 23.

The two were selected by the Student Awards Committee. Peter Sims '98 will deliver the Baccalaureate address on Friday, May 22. Zak Burke '98 is the alternate.

Rauniyar, of Kathmandu, Nepal, is an economics major. He won the Goodwin Commencement Prize as the first-place winner in the Commencement address contest. A dean's list student, Rauniyar is a two-time winner of the General R.H. Dunlap Prize (1997 and 1998), given to the student who writes the best essay on the subject of service and demonstrates personal evidence of service.

Rauniyar is a former president of the International Club and former student representative to the Governing Boards' Development Committee. He has served as a residential life assistant, a member of the Help Emancipate LDC Populace (HELP) organization, chair of the Faculty Debate Series, as a columnist and contributor to the Bowdoin Orient and on the editorial board of The Quill.

Giordano, of Washington, D.C., won the Class of 1868 Prize, given to the second-place winner. A double major in economics and government and a dean's list student, he served as class president as a first-year student, and was a member of the student executive committee as a first-year and junior, chairing the governance subcommittee last year. Giordano has also been a member of the Bowdoin Rugby Club, the Debating Council. the Student Union Committee and WBOR. He spent a semester as a junior studying in Florence, Italy.

Sims, of Auburn, Calif., is a government major with a minor in history. He won the DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Prize given to the third-place winner. Sims is a dean's list student and Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar. He has served as student representative to the Board of Trustees' Development Committee and is a former class president. He was recently elected as alumni president of the Class of 1998. As a senior, he organized the Young Alumni Leadership Program and chaired a committee that raised funding for a class gift presented to the College in March - the Chamberlain Room in Moulton Union.

Burke, of Minneapolis, Minn., is an anthropology major with a minor in French. He won the DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Prize, given to the fourth-place winner. He served as editor in chief of the Bowdoin Orient as a senior and was editor in chief of The Quill as a sophomore and junior. A dean's list student, Burke was named Student Employee of the Year in 1998 for his work as webcoordinator. He is also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

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