For Alumni

The College has played a remarkable role in abolitionism, the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and the development of African American culture in all spheres—education, science, business, and the arts.
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Bowdoin celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its Africana Studies Program, the African American Society, and the John Brown Russwurm African American Center. The College held celebrated this important milestone in its history, with AF/AM interviews of alumni. Listen to a selection of interviews from this Oral History Project through Special Collections Digital Commons.

William DeWitt Hyde, the College’s seventh president, may not have imagined the extent to which alumni continue to practice the aspirations he spells out in the Offer of the College. “To make hosts of friends” understates our Polar Bear network, the same one students and alumni consult in navigating professional life.

  • Hire a Polar Bear
  • Use the advisory network
  • Make a career connection