The vast majority of the students were from the Class of 2022, but there were also some from the Classes of 2021 and 2019, as well as some current seniors who are finishing early. All students will technically have a Bowdoin degree after this semester, although they won’t graduate “formally” before starting next May.
Twenty-two of them attended the dinner, at which President Clayton Rose offered words of praise and reflection. “There is no doubt that each of you worked through your college years during one of the most historically difficult non-war moments in modern history,” Rose said, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic that prompted many of the graduating students to do so miss a semester. “But this experience,” he added, “will be helpful for years to come as this will not be the last time you face challenging and difficult issues.”
Jennifer Scanlon, Senior Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, also took to the mic to offer her congratulations, before urging all the students to stand up and say a few words about themselves and what they will take away from their time at Bowdo . Here is a selection of their comments:
English Major Sophia Feinerman ’22 said she was “so grateful for the friends I’ve made. Hopefully they will be with me for the rest of my life.”
Sociology Major Sophia Karris ’22 said she would leave Bowdoin “with the ability to overcome incredible odds”.
Russian and Government Major Colin Lamphier ’22 said he will probably go to graduate school next as he would like to teach Russian. Aside from the friends he’s made, Lamphier said the Russian language is his biggest bowdoin snack. “It’s something that’s so important to me.”
Computer Science and Music Major Danny Little ’22 is preparing to move to Portland where he will work as a programmer. His great take on Bowdoin, he said, was “the power that can come from a small community.”
Biology major Fiona Ralph ’22 said she took with her many great friendships from Bowdoin, “but also the memory of Theo Danzig, who was in our class and passed away last year.”
English Major Ella Schmidt ’22 hopes to go to graduate school next year, “but I’m not sure where to go yet. Bowdoin left me with a passion for creative writing and literature, and great friends.”
Computer Science Major Michael Webber ’23 said: “My take on Bowdoin is that you don’t give up on your dreams, no matter what they are and no matter how different they may be from everyone else’s.”
Economic and GSWS Major Conger Zhang ’22 wants a job at a private equity firm after Bowdoin. “My biggest snack? It’s hard to put into words as this place opened up so many possibilities. If you can work hard and have a dream, you will make it.”
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