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Bowdoin to Hold 193rd Commencement on May 23

Story posted May 15, 1998


May 14, 1998 Brunswick, Maine -- Bowdoin will award approximately 390 bachelor of arts degrees when Maine's oldest college holds its 193rd Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m.

President Robert H. Edwards will award the degrees on the terrace of the Walker Art Building. In case of rain, the ceremonies will be held in Farley Field House. The public is invited to attend the ceremonies free of charge, space permitting.

Maine Speaker of the House Elizabeth Mitchell will present greetings from the state of Maine. The invocation will be delivered by the Rev. William Imes of First Parish Church in Brunswick.

In keeping with a Bowdoin tradition dating to 1806, graduating seniors will deliver commencement speeches. Ranjit Rauniyar of Kathmandu, Nepal. will deliver a speech titled 'Self Expressions and Self Discovery: Our Experiments with the Bowdoin Identity,' while Chris Giordano of Washington, D.C., will deliver a speech titled 'We Are Part of the Cycle.'

Bowdoin will award honorary degrees to Jef D. Boeke of Baltimore, Md., a professor and research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1976; Barbara Bonney of Montclair, N.J., principal soprano soloist with the Metropolitan Opera and Covent Garden, and a graduate of Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham; the Rev. Frank Washington Jarvis III of West Roxbury, Mass., headmaster of the Roxbury-Latin School; and Harold L. Oshry of Tamarac, Fla., founder and CEO of Sandgate Corp., chairman of Universal Auto Group of New York City and a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1940.

The Commencement Procession will begin at 9:20 at Coles Tower, led by student marshall and Class of 1998 president Carl Hall of Amherst, N.H. Following the ceremonies, a Commencement Buffet will be held for class members, family, faculty, staff and alumni.

On Friday, May 22, Bowdoin will hold its traditional Baccalaureate service in First Parish Church, Maine Street, at 3 p.m. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Rev. Jarvis will present a Baccalaureate address titled 'To March in That Proud Company.' The student speaker will be senior Peter Sims of Auburn, Calif., who will deliver a speech titled 'Something Larger Than Myself.' Music will be provided by Bonney, singing Andre Previn's 'Vocalise,' accompanied by Paul Ross, director of the Bowdoin Orchestra, on cello, and Elliott Schwartz, professor of music, on piano. Seniors Christopher Brent of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and Ross Parker of Alexandria, Va., will perform on organ and the Bowdoin Chamber Choir will sing. Dean of Student Affairs Craig Bradley will give readings of selections from Bowdoin's past.

Following the service, President Edwards will host a reception on the lawn of Cleaveland House, 75 Federal St., from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. A lobster bake for seniors, families, faculty and staff will be held at Farley Field House at 5:30. There will be a full day of receptions, presentations and events on Friday. Among the highlights are a concert by senior music majors in the Walker Art Building at 10:15 a.m., academic department open houses from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and a Commencement Ball beginning at 9 p.m. in Morrell Lounge, Smith Union.

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