(L. to r.) Baccalaureate speakers Humaira Awais Shahid, Barry Mills, Tim Foster and Tanu Kumar '12.
Bowdoin College held its 2012 Baccalaureate ceremony Friday, marking the official close of the academic year and celebrating the College’s 207th Commencement.
President Barry Mills addressed the role of a liberal arts education in the technology age and Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster delivered the Baccalaureate tradition, “Voices from Bowdoin’s Past,” in which he shares the story of how the Polar Bear came to be the College mascot.
Tanu Kumar ’12 delivered the student address, “Beginning from Home”; and Humaira Awais Shahid, journalist, activist and provincial legislator in Pakistan, and 2012 honorary degree recipient, delivered the keynote address, “The Long Arm of God,” in which she shared her passion for speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves, achieved, she says, through cultivating awareness.
Photos by Michele Stapleton.
Bridgett McCoy '15
Bridgett McCoy ’15 was among more than two dozen women from Maine who boarded a bus bound for the nation’s capital earlier this week to tell lawmakers that dangerous chemicals don’t belong in their homes, their food and the products they use in everyday life. McCoy took part in the national day of action in support of the Safe Chemicals Act, which is under consideration in the U.S. Senate.
“It was a great chance to learn about activism at a national level, and chemicals policy is an issue that few people know about, but is extremely important,” says McCoy.
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We all know that polar bears don’t hibernate, but could Polar Bears? In certain circumstances, the human body can slow to a hibernation-like state, and doctors want to know how they might induce this slowed metabolism to assist patients.
With thanks to Alexandra Locke ’10 for the heads up on this story.