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Reunion 2021

Given continuing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and in consultation with reunion class leaders and Bowdoin leadership, we have made the decision to celebrate Reunion 2021 virtually. Read more in this message from Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Scott Meiklejohn.

Dear reunion classes and members of the Old Guard,

I am sorry to announce that, given continuing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and in consultation with reunion class leaders and Bowdoin leadership, we have decided to celebrate Reunion 2021 virtually.

Of course, this is not what we hoped for, and we share your disappointment. We pushed the decision into the new year on the chance that the global health picture would improve enough to allow us to gather on campus as we had planned, with the 2021 reunion classes as well as those who would have celebrated reunions last year. Unfortunately, the news is not good. The uneven rollout of vaccinations, new and more transmissible variants of the virus, state restrictions on the size of gatherings, and the inadvisability of travel convince us that this is the right decision—one that best protects the health and safety of the campus and Brunswick communities, as well as those of you who might be traveling to campus.

Rather than put anyone at risk, we are organizing all-alumni and class-based virtual programming, in coordination with alumni leaders, that will be available throughout the spring semester. Please watch for online opportunities to reconnect, celebrate together, and participate wherever you may be.

Looking ahead to better days: in 2022, we will invite our milestone 50th Reunion classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972 to campus for what should be a one-of-a-kind 50th Reunion celebration. In the meantime, and to honor our 25th Reunion classes of 1995 and 1996, we plan to host regional off-campus events for the Classes of 1995 and 1996 once it is safe to do so.

My staff colleagues are working with alumni and class volunteers on this year’s programming, and we will continue to share event details as they are finalized. Please visit bowdoin.edu/reunion for further information—the website will be updated as events take shape. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations or any one of us on the staff.

Stay well, Polar Bears—

Scott Meiklejohn
Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

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Recordings from Reunion 2020

Southwest view of Bowdoin College, circa 1822, oil on canvas, by John G. Brown

Southwest view of Bowdoin College, circa 1822, oil on canvas, by John G. Brown, American, active 1821-1858. Gift of Harold L. Berry, Class of 1901. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

A Conversation on the Earliest Images of the Bowdoin Campus with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. H’08 offers a presentation about the College in the nineteenth century. After Shettleworth’s remarks, he and John Cross ’76, secretary of development and college relations, join in a Q&A moderated by the Museum’s codirectors, Frank Goodyear and Anne Collins Goodyear. This program was presented in conjunction with “Maine’s Lithographic Landscapes: Town & City Views, 1830-1870,” an exhibition curated by Shettleworth that opened at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art last December.

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Headshots of Tony Doerr and Brock Clarke

A Conversation with Tony Doerr ’95, H’17
An engaging conversation between Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Tony Doerr ’95, H’17, author of All the Light We Cannot See, and Bowdoin’s A. Leroy Greason Professor of English and Chair of the English Department, Brock Clarke.

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