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Maine Governor Angus King Welcomes Class of 2002

Story posted September 15, 1998

September 2, 1998, BRUNSWICK, Maine - Maine Gov. Angus King officially welcomed Bowdoin's first-year students on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with a lighthearted description of himself and a serious assignment for the students to consider as they pursue their education.

King, the country's only Independent governor, described a "workday" spent riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the Downeast town of Machias, ostensibly to check out the condition of the state's roads. He told students not be surprised if they see him riding his wife's bicycle around town with their son, because they live just blocks from the college.

On a more serious note, he urged the students to take advantage of the educational opportunities Bowdoin will provide, to take the hard courses with the "star" faculty, and then to use their knowledge to advance civilization.

"Civilization takes work," King said. "You are the custodians of the civilization; you have obligation to make the most of the talent you have been given and to give some of it back."

King addressed the 439 incoming students, who represent 39 states and 16 foreign countries, at the William Farley Field House. This is the second year that King has addressed students as they enter Bowdoin, breaking a long-standing tradition for the governor to "greet" seniors at commencement.

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