Class of 2020

August 13-14, 2021: Commencement Celebration Events for the Class of 2020

The celebration will include a Commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 14, to be held on the main quad in front of the Walker Art Building, weather permitting. It will be open to all graduates in the Class of 2020 and their guests, with the requirement that every participant is fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Please share this information with your families, as you wish.

In discussions with the class council and through our survey of members of the Class of 2020, we learned that graduates prefer to use their time on campus this summer for informal gatherings with classmates and family members, rather than attending structured programming. In response, we are working on a schedule that will include the following activities:

Friday, August 13
Breakfast and lunch on campus
Class photo
“Pints with Professors”
Lobster bake

Saturday, August 14
Commencement ceremony
Boxed lunch

On-campus housing will be available beginning on Thursday afternoon, August 12. Housing will close on Saturday afternoon, August 14. Please use this form to register for campus housing. On-campus housing is only available for members of the Class of 2020--family members would need to make other arrangements.

Travel Assistance
We will work to assist graduates for whom travel to Maine poses a financial hardship. Please use this form to request financial assistance to participate in the August 13–14 events.

Commencement Ceremony/Celebration
The event will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. with a processional, followed at 10:00 a.m. by the Commencement Exercises on the steps of the Walker Art Building. In addition to brief remarks from President Rose, the program will include student speeches, the awarding of honorary degrees, and the presentation of graduates (we will not be awarding diplomas at the event, as these have already been distributed to the graduates). A take-away box lunch will be provided to graduates, their guests, and faculty and staff following the ceremony. We will share further details on how graduates can submit proposals for the student Commencement speaking roles at the celebration.

Honorary Degrees
We’ve received confirmation that our four honorary degree recipientsEdward P. “Ted” Ames, Deborah Jensen Barker, Ann M. Fudge, and William F. Lee—will all attend the Commencement celebration on Saturday, August 14. We will also be working to schedule individual virtual events with the honorands, the details of which will be shared this summer.

We will contact you early in the summer about ordering regalia. 

VIDEO: Watch the Class of 2020 slideshow featuring student-submitted photographs.
VIDEO: Bowdoin faculty and staff offer their congratulations to the Class of 2020.