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Bowdoin Celebrates 194th Commencement on May 29

Story posted May 15, 1999


May 17, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College will award approximately 430 bachelor of arts degrees when Maine's oldest college holds its 194th commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 29.

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

President of the Maine State Senate, Mark Lawrence, will present greetings from the state of Maine. Lawrence is a member of the Bowdoin class of 1980. Father Christopher LaRoche of the Bowdoin Newman Center will deliver the invocation.

In keeping with a Bowdoin tradition dating back to 1806, graduating seniors will deliver the commencement speeches. Amit Shah of Calcutta, India, will deliver a speech titled "The Gift of Bowdoin," and Joy Cushman of Caribou, Maine, will give a speech titled "Lessons from a Rural Maine Farmer."

Bowdoin will award honorary degrees to Kaiulani Sewall Lee of New York, an actress and Maine native; Horst Albach of Berlin, Germany, a professor at Humbolt University, director of the Berlin Science Center and member of the Bowdoin class of 1956; Marvin Howe Green Jr. of St. George, Bermuda, chairman of the board of Reeves A/V Systems, MSW Travel Group and Glendower Ltd.; and Cornel West of Cambridge, Mass., author and professor at Harvard University.

The commencement procession will begin at 9:20 a.m. at Baxter House, led by student marshal and class of 1999 President Justin Kennedy of Webster, Mass. The a cappella groups the Meddiebempsters and the Miscellania will sing the Alma Mater. Following the ceremonies, a commencement buffet will be held for class members, family, faculty, staff and alumni.

On Friday, May 28, Bowdoin will host its traditional baccalaureate service at 3 p.m. in First Parish Church, Maine Street and Bath Road. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Albach will present a baccalaureate address.

The student speaker will be Charles W. Olcott of Deerfield, Mass., who will deliver a speech titled "Living Legitimately." The Bowdoin Chamber Choir will provide music. It will perform "Family," composed by pianist Stephen Saxon '99, who will accompany the choir. Other student performers, who have not yet been selected, will also provide music. Dean of Student Affairs Craig Bradley will give selected readings about Bowdoin's past.

After the baccalaureate service, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., President Edwards will host a reception on the lawn of Cleaveland House, 75 Federal St. There will be a lobster bake for seniors, families, faculty and staff at 5:30 p.m. at Farley Field House.

Among Friday's highlights will be a concert by senior music majors at 10:15 a.m., academic department open houses from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and a commencement dance for seniors and their families, faculty and staff at 9 p.m. in the Morrell Lounge in Smith Union.

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