Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the plans for Reunion 2021?
Given continuing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and in consultation with reunion class volunteers and Bowdoin leadership, we have decided to celebrate Reunion 2021 virtually. We are organizing all-alumni and class-based virtual programming, in coordination with alumni leaders, that will be available throughout the spring semester. Please visit the Reunion website regularly for online opportunities to reconnect, celebrate together, and participate wherever you may be.
2. Is Bowdoin offering any virtual alumni programs?
There are virtual alumni programs happening every week! We hope you can join us for many of the programs that are open to the Bowdoin alumni and parent community. And if you miss one, recordings of past events are always available on the Connect page.
3. Is the College open to the public? Can alumni visit campus?
Effective June 1, 2021, College grounds (exterior only) will reopen to the public. Admissions will resume on-campus tours, but they will be outside only and information sessions will be held in tents on the Quad.
4. Can we still order paper transcripts from the College?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are not able to process requests for paper transcripts at this time, but we are able to fulfill requests for e-transcripts. Please visit the alumni page on the Registrar’s site for information about how to order e-transcripts.
5. Is the Office of Development and Alumni Relations open?
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is open, but many staff members are still working remotely. Please stay in touch or let us know if we can help you with anything by emailing or calling, Monday to Friday, generally 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
6. Will I need to be vaccinated to participate in in-person alumni events?
As we begin to move toward in person events, they will be initially held outdoors and while we will not be requiring guests to provide proof of vaccination in order to attend, it is expected that all participants must be vaccinated for COVID-19.
7. What can I do to help?
There are many ways that Alumni can help Bowdoin:
- Volunteer: Take a look at the list of ongoing volunteer opportunities to find a meaningful way get involved.
- Share your ideas: Write to Scott Meiklejohn, senior vice president for development and alumni relations, or to anyone at Bowdoin with whom you have a relationship, with any ideas or suggestions you have for how you can help Bowdoin.
- Donate: The College works tirelessly to clear away as many financial hurdles as possible for students as they continue their studies in a variety of settings resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. The community effort to help relieve this burden has been tremendous, but there continue to be a significant number of unanticipated expenses. If you would like to make a gift to support Bowdoin’s commitment to students during this unprecedented time you may donate here.
8. How can I keep updated with what is happening this spring?
Please continue to refer to the COVID-19 site for updated information about the spring 2021 semester and the College’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.