FAQ for Alumni

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. What are the plans for Commencement 2021?
The College is planning for an in-person ceremony for students and their guests on the steps of the Walker Art Building on Saturday, May 29. Guests will be limited to those attending at the invitation of graduating students; we will not be able to accommodate alumni (other than graduating student family members or those specifically invited by graduating students) or members of the public at the Commencement ceremony.

3. Will there be an alumni parade at Commencement?
Unfortunately, no. There will no alumni parade in 2021.

4. 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.

5. Is the College open to the public? Can alumni visit campus?
Bowdoin College continues to be closed to the public in order to protect the health of students, faculty, and staff, and the broader Brunswick community. Until further notice, only students, faculty, and staff participating in the College’s testing program through the Broad Institute are permitted inside any campus facilities, including the recently reopened athletic facilities, or on campus grounds. Exceptions to this rule are the trails (not the fields) at Pickard and Whittier Fields and the playground area on Longfellow Avenue. Visitors will have access to these outside spaces provided that gatherings are kept at or below the active campus status level requirement, individuals are wearing face coverings, and pets are leashed unless state guidelines supersede any of these rules.

Additionally, with the exception of the trails marked by the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, the facilities and grounds at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center in Harpswell are closed to the public.

6. Are local alumni permitted to audit courses during the 2020-2021 academic year?
Unfortunately we are not able to permit local alumni to audit courses for the 2020-2021 academic year.
7. 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.

8. Is the Office of Development and Alumni Relations open?
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is open, but the staff is 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.

9. 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

10. 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.