FAQ for Alumni

Last updated: May 19, 2020

1. What are the plans for Reunion 2020?

Unfortunately we will not be hosting Reunion Weekend on campus this year as planned. While it won’t be the in-person celebration we were anticipating, we have created some opportunities to gather together virtually as well as some highlights from past Reunions for you to explore from home. Please visit the Reunion Weekend page to learn more.

Update: All 2020 reunion classes will be invited to return in 2021 for a joint reunion: the classes of the 5s/0s classes will join with the 6s/1s classes on June 3-6, 2021.

2. Is Bowdoin offering any virtual alumni programs?
For the time being, all in-person Bowdoin gatherings have been canceled, however, we hope you can join us for some of the virtual events we are holding that are open to the Bowdoin alumni community.

3. What about Commencement?
We gathered virtually on Saturday, May 23, 2020, to celebrate the achievements and mark the graduation of the Class of 2020; you can visit the Commencement site for a recording of the event. The Class of 2020 will return to campus in May 2021 for a ceremony on the Quad.

4. Is the College closed? 

The College is not closed, but all employees except those needed for essential College operations (e.g., dining service, heating plant, security, continuing to support faculty teaching remotely, etc.) are working remotely. The development and alumni relations offices will be available on email and by phone during business hours, generally 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

5. Can alumni visit campus?
Because of our concerns around COVID-19, and in order to ensure that our essential work can continue, as of Monday, March 16, we are—for now—restricting access to College facilities to students permitted to remain on campus and to faculty and essential staff.

6. How can I keep updated with what is happening? 

Please continue to refer to the COVID-19 FAQ for updated information on the College’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

7. It must be a tough time for graduating seniors looking for a job—can I help?
Many graduating seniors are still searching for jobs—and students in other class years are searching for internships. Any listings or leads you know of are tremendously helpful to us. All alumni received an email from President Rose on May 15th asking for assistance; please use this link or email any information about jobs, internships, or leads to Sarah Cotsen, director of employee relations.

8. How else can I help?

Please write to Scott Meiklejohn, senior vice president for development and alumni relations, or to anyone at Bowdoin with whom you have a relationship to share your suggestions. The College attempted to clear away as many financial hurdles as possible for students as they transitioned to remote learning in response to COVID-19.  This involved a tremendous community effort and a significant number of unanticipated expenses including travel, moving and storage, wages paid for work-study through the end of the semester, and many more categories of support.  If you would like to make a gift to support Bowdoin’s commitment to students during this unprecedented time you may donate here. Thank you very much.