BRUNSWICK

Bowdoin College will hold its 208th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, conferring bachelor of arts degrees on 464 graduates.

Bowdoin’s honorary degree recipients, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, will deliver talks in the days before commencement, according to a news release from the school.

Bowdoin College President Barry Mills will preside over commencement and award degrees on the terrace of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art on the Quad. In the event of very severe weather, commencement will be held in Sidney J. Watson Arena.

Bowdoin has not held an indoor commencement since 1986.

Of the 464 graduates, 55 are from Maine.

Forty-two states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are represented, including Massachusetts with 83 students, New York with 56, California with 36 and Connecticut with 34. Twenty-three graduates are international students, representing 14 countries and territories.

Albright will deliver the commencement keynote address at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Sidney J. Watson Arena.

Other participants include state Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, who will deliver greetings from the state; and the Rev. Robert E. Ives, Bowdoin’s new director of religious and spiritual life, who will deliver the invocation.

Patrick Dempsey will be presented an honorary degree and deliver his remarks during Reunion Convocation, June 1.

Bowdoin also will award honorary doctorates to Albright, Sri Lankan poet Jean Arasanayagam, American Civil War historian David Blight, former Burberry CEO Rose Marie Bravo, Island Institute founder and president Philip Conkling and trustee emerita C. Lee Herter.



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