Reunion Weekend

Reunion 2021

We hope you are enjoying the Reunion 2021 virtual programming. Below you will find upcoming events, as well as recordings of Reunion 2021 events and a wide array of other virtual campus offerings to explore at any time.

Our Reunion Gift To You

To celebrate Reunion we’ve made special Bowdoin face masks. If you’d like one, click here to let us know where you’d like us to mail it.

Reflect and Celebrate Bowdoin

Offerings below are available to explore at any time.


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.


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.

Scheduled Campus-Wide Reunion Events

All members of the Bowdoin community are invited to attend. While there is no charge for Reunion events, preregistration is requested. Zoom details will be emailed to the address submitted through the registration.


The Bowdoin Endowment, with Paula Volent and Stan Druckenmiller ’75, H’07
Thursday, June 24
Noon EDT

Join us for a conversation with 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 will host the conversation and questions from our community will be welcomed.

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Reunion Virtual 5K Fun Run
Anytime during the month of June

Continue the Bowdoin Reunion 5K Fun Run tradition! This free virtual event is open to Polar Bears of all ages and ability levels wherever you may be around the world. Register as a participant, then run, jog, or walk a 5K at your own pace on the road, the trail, the treadmill, or wherever you choose. After completing your race any time between Tuesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 30, visit the 5K results page and log your run time. Don’t forget to post your 5K photos on social media and tag #BowdoinReunion. Go U Bears!

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Celebrate Reunion and Explore Bowdoin

Additional offerings below are available to explore at any time.

Recordings of Recent Reunion Events


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:
Maine Inside Out:

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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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Zoom with Reunion
Celebrate Reunion wherever you are! View and download custom Bowdoin Reunion-themed Zoom backgrounds.



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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.