Campus News

Bowdoin to Award 446 Degrees at May 24 Commencement

Story posted May 05, 2003

Bowdoin College will award 446 bachelor of arts degrees at its 198th commencement Saturday, May 24, at 10 a.m. Commencement weekend events will also include addresses by a bioterrorism expert and three graduating seniors.

Bowdoin President Barry Mills, Class of 1972, will preside over the Commencement exercises and award the degrees on the terrace of the Walker Art Building.

Maine Governor John Baldacci will deliver greetings from the state. Br. Richard Crawley OFM, Cap., will deliver the invocation.

Since 1806, Bowdoin has given the honor of speaking at Commencement to graduating seniors, rather then celebrities. Students compete to determine who will speak. Gloria Shen of Andover, Mass., will deliver a speech titled "In Search of Pencil Sharpeners: Living the Efficient Life." Tyler Lange of Seattle, Wash., will give a speech titled "Know Thyself: Now What?"

Bowdoin will award honorary degrees to Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, vice president for biological programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington and expert on bioterrorism; Mark Morris, founder, choreographer, and artistic director of the Mark Morris Dance Group; Grace Paley, writer of poetry, short stories, and essays; and Raymond S. Troubh, Bowdoin Class of 1950, financial consultant.

Of the 446 in the graduating class, 64 are from Maine. Other states with the most graduates are Massachusetts with 121, New York with 39, Connecticut with 37, and New Hampshire with 19.

In the event of very severe weather, Commencement will be held in Farley Field House.

At the College's Baccalaureate ceremony at 4 p.m., Friday, May 23, in Morrell Gymnasium, Dr. Hamburg will deliver a talk titled "Working for a Safer World: Our Shared Challenge"

Bowdoin senior George Hubbard of Greenwich, Conn., will also speak at Baccalaureate. His speech is titled "Different Views, Same Goal."

Biographies of the honorary degree recipients follow:

Margaret A. Hamburg has made significant contributions to medicine and to public policies over the course of her career. She is currently vice president for Biological Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington, D.C., and is an internationally recognized authority on the threats posed by bioterrorism. She earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard and received her M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. For six years she was the Commissioner of Health for the City of New York before becoming the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Mark Morris has been a creative force in the world of dance for more than 20 years as a dancer, a choreographer, and as a director of dance, theater, and opera performances around the world. In 1980 he founded the Mark Morris Dance Company, and has since created over 90 works for the Dance Group, and over a dozen commissions for ballet companies, including the San Francisco Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. He is the co-founder (with Mikhail Baryshnikov) of the White Oaks Dance Project (1990). He has been named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Grace Paley's short stories and poems document the uncommon lives of everyday people with pathos and humor. Her collections of stories include "The Little Disturbances of Man" (1959), "Enormous Changes at the Last Minute" (1974), and "Later the Same Day" (1985). Paley taught at Sarah Lawrence University, the City University of New York, Syracuse, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and Dartmouth. A member of the Academy of American Letters, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Edith Wharton Award, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, and The Readers Digest Leila Wallace Award.

Ray Troubh '50 earned his law degree from Yale University. Early in his legal career he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harold Hitz Burton, Bowdoin Class of 1909. In 1974 he founded Troubh & Co., a financial consulting firm. He is a former governor of the American Stock Exchange and has a long record of service on corporate boards. In November 2001 he was called upon to be a member of the board at Enron and to be one of three members investigating corporate misconduct at Enron. He currently serves as interim board chair at Enron. Director's Alert named him one of nine Outstanding Directors in Corporate America 2002.

« Back | Campus News | Academic Spotlight | | Subscribe to Bowdoin News by Email