Reunion Weekend

Reunion 2022

Save the dates June 2–5, 2022, as we look forward to welcoming our 2s and 7s classes, members of the Old Guard, and our milestone 50th Reunion classes (1970, 1971, and 1972) back to campus.

Reunion 2021

We hope you enjoyed the Reunion 2021 live virtual programming offered throughout the spring. Below are offerings to explore at any time.

Celebrate Reunion and Explore Bowdoin

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Reflections on the Past Year and Key Issues Facing the College
A Conversation with President Clayton Rose Hosted by Trustee and Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer ’81, P’16, P’20

In a wide-ranging discussion, Bowdoin President Clayton Rose reflects on the challenges of guiding the College through the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the lessons learned, and the road ahead—including academic priorities, racial justice, and speaking out on the issues of the day.

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Reunion Convocation
Celebrate the 2020 and 2021 recipients of the Common Good Award, the Alumni Service Award, the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, and the Distinguished Educator Award for their exemplary achievement and dedication.

Recordings of Recent Reunion Events

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The Bowdoin Endowment, with Paula Volent and Stan Druckenmiller ’75, H’07

Watch the conversation between two of the driving forces behind Bowdoin’s endowment strategy and success – Paula Volent, Bowdoin’s chief investment officer, and Stan Druckenmiller ’75, H’07, investor, philanthropist, and chair of Bowdoin’s investment committee. Board of Trustees Chair Bob White ’77, P’15 hosted the conversation and questions from our community were welcomed.

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A Conversation with Artist Shaun Leonardo ’01
Acclaimed artist Shaun Leonardo ’01 offered a presentation about his work and his new role as codirector at Brooklyn-based Recess, a nonprofit organization dedicated to partnering with artists to build more just and equitable creative communities. His presentation was followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by Shelley Langdale ’85, curator and head of modern prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Art. Shaun and Shelley currently serve together as members of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Advisory Council.

Links to learn more:
Shaun Leonardo ’01's work: elcleonardo.com
Recess: recessart.org/about
Maine Inside Out: maineinsideout.org

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How to Make the Perfect Lobster Roll with Bryan Holden ’09 and Maggie Seymour ’16
Lobster is an essential ingredient of an on-campus Bowdoin Reunion Weekend celebration. Bryan Holden ’09, chief development officer of Luke’s Lobster, and actor Maggie Seymour ’16 shared how to make Luke’s Lobster’s famous lobster roll at home. Bryan offered a live demonstration and insight to the lobster industry, and Maggie moderated a live question-and-answer session with event attendees.

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A Conversation with Claudia Marroquin ’06: The College Search and Admissions Process

Claudia Marroquin ’06, incoming senior vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Bowdoin, discussed how to go about conducting a college search and the admissions process. 

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COVID-19 Presents Opportunity and Challenges for Medical and Life Sciences Experts
Medical and life sciences experts offered a lively panel discussion about the impacts of the COVID-19 public health crisis on their work. The event highlighted perspectives of several members of the Class of 1976: Michele Cyr ’76, P’12, senior associate dean for Academic Affairs at Brown University Alpert Medical School; Alison Brent ’76, medical director, Network of Care & Physician Relations at Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado School of Medicine; Michael Fiore ’76, P’09, University of Wisconsin Hilldale Professor of Medicine and director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) and member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) COVID-19 research team; and Shaun Gilmore ’76, chief transformation officer at the American Red Cross.

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A Better U.S. Approach to China: A Talk by Susan A. Thornton ’85, P’22
Susan A. Thornton ’85, P’22 is a visiting lecturer in law at Yale Law School and senior fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center. In 2018, she retired from the State Department after a twenty-eight-year diplomatic career focused primarily on East and Central Asia. In leadership roles in Washington, Thornton worked on China and Korea policy, including stabilizing relations with Taiwan, the U.S.-China Cyber Agreement, the Paris Climate Accord, and led a successful negotiation in Pyongyang for monitoring of the Agreed Framework on denuclearization.

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Challenges and Choices: Rapid Change in the Arctic
Andrew Hartsig ’95, director of the Arctic Program at Ocean Conservancy, Susan Kaplan, professor of anthropology and director of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center at Bowdoin, and Laura Henry, professor of government at Bowdoin, explored the social and environmental challenges and choices in the contemporary Arctic. Their discussion was followed by a Q&A moderated by Genevieve LeMoine, curator and registrar of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin.

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Traditions

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Remembrance of Reunion Alumni
Eduardo Pazos Palma, Bowdoin’s director of religious and spiritual life, offers a special message in honor of those we have lost from the Bowdoin family as well as a remembrance of those 2021 alumni who have passed away since the last Reunion in June 2016.

Virtual Tours

Roux Center for the Environment

3D Campus Building Tours
Joki Wallace ’23, cofounder of Skyline Touring Services, has created interactive virtual 3D tours of a variety of campus buildings. Explore MacAllen Hall and the Roux Center for the Environment or revisit familiar spaces like the Bowdoin Chapel and the College Houses, which are the cornerstone of the Bowdoin residential experience.

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Campus Tours
Visit some of the places you love through a virtual tour of campus as well as a look inside Bowdoin’s athletics facilities.

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Schiller Coastal Studies Center
Learn about the recent expansions and improvements to the College’s one-of-a-kind teaching, learning, and research facility on the coast of Maine.

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The New Harpswell Apartments
Tour Bowdoin’s new Harpswell Apartments which opened for students in Spring 2021.

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Susan Dwight Bliss Room
The Bliss Room, located on the second floor of Hubbard Hall, has been a treasure of the College since 1945. Learn more about its history, collections, and explore its contents.

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Haunted Bowdoin
Learn eerie legends narrated by historic Bowdoin characters and visit the most reputedly haunted buildings on this virtual tour created by David Francis, author of Haunted Bowdoin College.

Around Campus

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Early Spring 2021 at Bowdoin
Explore current campus life as Bowdoin students share their perspectives and familiar sights.

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Documenting Bowdoin & COVID-19
Special Collections & Archives invites Bowdoin’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni to document your experiences of the pandemic through our community archiving project, Documenting Bowdoin & COVID-19. We hope to foster connections within our community now and to preserve record of both individual and shared experiences for posterity. Contribute your story through a reflections questionnaire.

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Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Although the galleries of the Museum are currently closed, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art has always been more than a building. Explore virtual collections, exhibitions, publications, and educational resources.

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Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum
Discover the Arctic Museum’s beautiful virtual exhibitions, explore spectacular online collections, try at home activities for all ages, and enjoy Arctic-related music and film recommendations.

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Special Collections & Archives
Delve into Special Collections & Archives’ online exhibits, oral histories, digitized Bowdoin publications, and past page-turnings of Bowdoin’s copy of Audubon’s Birds of America.

Questions?

Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at reunion@bowdoin.edu.