Bowdoin Opens Academic Year with 210th Convocation

Story posted August 31, 2011

The College's annual Convocation ceremony, marking the official opening of the 210th academic year, was held August 31, 2011, in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.

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Continuing his tradition of speaking at Convocation about issues and ideas important to the College, President Barry Mills spoke of the role of technology in the transformation of education.

Following the president's remarks, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Neuroscience Program Richmond R. Thompson delivered the Convocation address.

Thompson's talk, titled "The Quail Debates," highlights the pursuit of one's passions and the value of the opportunities present during this time at Bowdoin.

Dean of Student Affairs Timothy W. Foster presented "Voices from the Past," readings taken from documents recounting the College's history, in which he focused on two significant milestones: the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War and the 40th anniversary of coeducation at the College.

Music for the processional and recessional was provided by pianist Allen Wong '14. Wong performed Schubert's March No. 2 in G Major from Marches Militaires, Op. 51, D. 733 and "Promenade" from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

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