Congratulations to the Class of 2023!


Marquee events to include:


  • 9:00 a.m. Annual Meeting of Phi Beta Kappa and induction ceremony
  • 11:00 a.m. Seniors Concert
  • Various times. Department & Academic Program Open Houses
  • Afternoon. A Conversation with Honorary Degree Recipients
  • 4:30 p.m. The Baccalaureate Ceremony. This special event marks the official close of the academic year and the coming together of graduates and their families. It features remarks by the President of Bowdoin College, a speech by a graduating senior, and a keynote address by an honorary degree recipient. Watch this event live online at
  • 5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Down East Lobster Bake. A Bowdoin tradition! For members of the graduating class and their guests. Tickets required.


  • 8:00 a.m. Guest seating opens on the Main Quad.
  • 9:15 a.m. It is recommended that guests be at their seats to view the procession.
  • 9:20 a.m. Commencement Processional begins at Baxter House and marches through the quad.
  • 10:00 a.m. The Commencement Exercises of Bowdoin College. The Commencement ceremony will be held outside on the Terrace of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, except in the case of severe weather. If rain is forecasted, come prepared with an umbrella and other rain gear. No tickets are necessary for the outdoor ceremony, and you may bring as many guests as you wish. Watch Commencement online at
  • Noon-2:00 p.m. Commencement Luncheon for members of the graduating class and their guests. Tickets required.

Contact Us

If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Events and Summer Programs at or (207) 725-3433.