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Bowdoin To Hold its 195th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 27

Story posted May 11, 2000

Bowdoin College will award approximately 410 Bachelor of Arts degrees when Maineís oldest college holds its 195th Commencement exercises at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 27.

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

Laurie Lachance, State Economist, will present greetings from the state of Maine. Lachance is a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1983. The Reverend Daniel Warren of St. Paulís Episcopal Church in Brunswick will deliver the invocation.

In keeping with a Bowdoin tradition dating back to 1806, graduating seniors will deliver the Commencement speeches. Naeem Ahmed of Islamabad, Pakistan, winner of the Goodwin Commencement Prize, will deliver a speech titled "The Debt of our Degrees." Gretchen Selcke of Minnetonka, Minn., winner of the Class of 1868 Prize, will deliver a speech titled "Bowdoin Knowledge: Reading, Love and the Pointer Sisters."

Bowdoin will award honorary degrees to Phyllis Pray Bober, Maine native and Professor of Art at Bryn Mawr College; Robert Fagles, Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University; Peter Gomes, Professor at Harvard University and minister of Harvardís Memorial Church; and Bernard Osher í48, businessman and philanthropist.

The Commencement procession will begin at 9:20 a.m. at Baxter House, and will be led by Sarah Roop, Class President.

Following the ceremonies, a commencement buffet will be held for class members, family, faculty, staff and alumni at the Pickard Fields adjacent to the Farley Field House.

On Friday, May 26, Bowdoin will host its traditional Baccalaureate service at 3:00 p.m. in the First Parish Church, located at Maine Street and Bath Road. The event is open to the public but seating is limited.

The Rev. Mr. Gomes will deliver the Baccalaureate address. The student speaker will be Kristen Winters, winner of the DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Prize. The title of her speech is "Community Service: A Gift of Hope."

The music program at Baccalaureate will feature members of the Bowdoin College Chamber Choir and Robert Greenlee, Associate Professor of Music, on organ.

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

Among Fridayís highlights will be a concert by Senior music majors, academic department open houses, and a Commencement dance for Seniors and their families, faculty and staff at 9:00 p.m. at Smith Union's Morrell Lounge.

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