Convocation: COVID-19 Tests Required—August 30, 2021

To all faculty and staff,

I write to remind you of this year’s Convocation, our 220th, that will take place tomorrow, August 31, at 3:30 p.m. in Pickard Theater. We anticipate having a full audience in Pickard for this event, and in accordance with the current campus guidelines, we will require face coverings for all attendees. We are also asking all faculty and staff who wish to attend the event to test for COVID-19 using a College-supplied antigen test.

The Class of 2025 has engaged with their Orientation programming over the past two days and tomorrow’s Convocation marks the start of their first academic year at Bowdoin. Members of the class attending Convocation have taken three separate COVID-19 tests since their arrival on campus last Tuesday and all tests for these students have returned negative results. 

We look forward to seeing faculty and staff at Convocation, but you should only attend if you have been tested for COVID-19 and received negative results no more than thirty-six (36) hours before the ceremony. Faculty and staff can stop by the Mail Center in Smith Union between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to pick up a BinaxNOW self-test kit and perform one of the tests (there are two in each box) before attending tomorrow’s event. More information on the free self-tests is available here on the Bowdoin website.

Faculty and staff who have tested negative for COVID-19 and who would like to participate in the procession should meet near Searles Science Building at 3:15 p.m. tomorrow in their academic regalia. We will have reserved seating available for those marching in the procession.

The Convocation program will include an Invocation from Eduardo Pazos Palma, “Voices from Bowdoin’s Past” with Dean Janet Lohmann, remarks from President Rose, music from two members of the Class of 2023 and Joyce Moulton from the music department.  Our faculty speaker will be Professor of Art Carrie Scanga, whose talk is titled “Community in Creative Process.”

Immediately following Convocation, faculty and staff are invited to join a reception to welcome new faculty and staff on the lawn of Cleaveland House (75 Federal Street).

All the best,