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Bowdoin College celebrates 217th graduation

Bowdoin College awarded a 450 Bachelor of Arts degree in a 2022 class, so seniors who graduated were with friends and family. The 217th opening ceremony was held on Saturday morning, May 28, 2022, on the steps of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

This class includes students from 43 states, including 64 students from Massachusetts, 57 from New York, 41 from California, and 22 from Connecticut. Fifty-two graduates come from outside the United States and represent 29 countries and territories.

Marshal Jean Yarbro, a senior professor of social sciences at Bowdoin College, has officially held a graduation ceremony. Eduardo Pazos Palma, Director of Rachel Road Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, subsequently offered to summon.

“You have succeeded to this day in the 2022 class, the most difficult time you have ever experienced,” said Pazos Palma, urging him to leave without fear. I’m about to meet. ” Read the full text of the Pazos Palma call..

The Chair of the Board of Trustees, Robert White ’77, P’12, introduced Laurie Ganyon Rachance ’83, P’13, who was the President of the University of Thomas and was awarded an honorary degree.

President Rose gives a welcome greeting

Lachance talked about how the rich history of Maine and Bowdoin College is “closely linked.” “Bold and visionary leadership” of Bowdoin graduates “has shaped the unique character and heritage of Maine for more than two centuries and has contributed to the shaping of our country! What a wonderful idea! And how fun it is to look over these 450 faces and wonder who will stand up to fill these shoes. ” Read the full Lachance greeting..

President Clayton Rose welcomed graduated seniors, family, friends, and members of the Bowed-in community and described the event as a “fun opportunity.” But before celebrating the achievements of Bowdin’s recent graduates, Rose took the time to remember those who died in the pandemic and to recognize the ongoing challenges facing many in the country. rice field. “We remember people in Buffalo two weeks ago who had been targeted for death and violence because of their identities such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexuality. And they were killed in Texas on Tuesday. Our hearts are broken because of the 19 children and the family of two teachers and their loved ones. “

Rose continued to celebrate an important milestone in college history. This has been honored over the past year. “In the spring of 1971, transfer student Susan Jacobsen became the first woman to graduate from Bowdoin College. That fall, the fall of 1971, 147 women were our first official co-educational class. I registered here as, “he said. The fact that this year’s cohort of honor is made up of “five prominent women who have served a great deal in the public interest and whose achievements and personalities have set a great example for all of us” is a tribute to this achievement. Rose added. Read the full text of Clayton Rose’s welcome address..

Rose also said, “We pay tribute to the three students who would have been walking these steps this morning. They came to know family, friends, classmates, teachers, our staff, and them. He was a promised man loved by all who were, both Henry Zietlow and Theo Danzig, who were in the 2022 class, and Finn Woodruff ’21.

Graduation speech

Graduation speeches were delivered by graduated seniors, as has been a tradition since Bowdin’s first graduation ceremony in 1806. This year’s speakers are Ryan Brit ’22 and Journey Brown ’22, both selected through competition, both scholars of Joffrey Canada.


Journey Brown ’22

1868 Class Winner Journey Brown ’22

The main focus of Brown’s speech, called the “Victory Mindset,” explored the importance of positive thinking and self-esteem. “To be precise, what is the idea of ​​victory?” She asked. “It’s the idea of ​​declaring that every action you take in difficult times, no matter how small, especially global or personal, is a victory.”

Brown, a sociology major, emphasized that victory should not only be seen as a major achievement, such as finding an important job or moving to a new city. After she has a broken heart, she puts herself there. Find the will to eat when her loved one dies. Only take a shower after the inner spiritual battle … these are also victories and deserve to be celebrated like all other victories. “

She said it was important to accept these little victories and develop an optimistic voice within her. “If you affirm this voice and adhere to the belief that victory comes in all its forms and sizes, you will not lose whatever you experience,” she said. Read the full Journey Brown speech.


Ryan Brit ’22

Goodwin Graduation Award Winner Ryan Brit ’22

Brit’s speech, entitled “The Great Hope of Bowed-in Education,” reflects his upbringing in an economically disadvantaged corner of northeastern Ohio, where he and his family “drug abuse, violence.” Faced with the day-to-day struggle of poverty shaped by trauma .. ”Brit hopes that one day he will be able to escape from what is called the“ violent cycle of poverty ”that traps many parts of the country. Explained how acceptance became part of his daily ritual.

“Every day,” he continued. “On my way home from the bus, I was looking up at the low roof of the trailer park, playing Eminem’s” Lose Yourself “on my headphones, and imagining myself somewhere. It was these short transitional moments that allowed me to stick to a better life and hope for the future until Bowdoin College gave me the opportunity to fully realize that hope. “

Mr. Brit said his years at Bowdin “helped me understand the many factors underlying my upbringing and how the cycle of poverty is created and maintained.” rice field. He said his education, along with him, fostered “voice strength” with all the intent he used. Read the full text of Ryan Brit’s speech..

Honorary Degree Recipient

Bowdoin awarded five honorary degrees at the ceremony.

  • Contemporary artist Katherine Bradford
  • Best-selling author Raquel Jaramillo (RJ Palacio)) P’18
  • Economist and President of Thomas University Raleigh Ganyon Lachance ’83, P’13
  • Journalists and social activists Janet Langhart Cohen
  • Decorated marathon athlete Joan Benowa Samuelson ’79, P’12

Carlos Campos ’22

Senior class gift

Class President Carlos Campos ’22 dedicated the Senior Class Gift, a scholarship for the next member of the 2026 class (CONFIRM DETAILS). In his remarks, Campos paid tribute to his parents. He said his parents survived the civil war in Peru and arrived in the United States “for only $ 12 in their pockets.” Now that he and his classmates are graduates, Campos said they have “the option to reconnect with the community in which we were born.” Read the full text of Carlos Campos’s address..

Start music

Senior members of the chamber choir, choirs, and a cappella group students performed “Stars and Stripes” and “Sing to Bowdin,” and the Chandras band booked the ceremony at the start and retreat marches.

Read about the Bowdoin Baccalaureate Ceremony at Watson Arena on Friday, May 27, 2022.