Bowdoin College awarded bachelor of arts degrees to 484 graduates at an outdoor ceremony on the Brunswick campus Saturday morning.

The graduates included 49 students from Maine. The other graduates are from 37 states and the District of Columbia and 15 countries and territories.

It was the college’s 209th commencement.

Two of its graduating students, James Denison and Kate Kearns, delivered graduation speeches, following a tradition created at the college’s first commencement ceremony in 1806. Graduating seniors compete for the honor.

Honorary doctorates were given to civil rights advocate Mary Bonauto, career diplomat Christopher Hill, a 1974 Bowdoin graduate, ornithologist Richard Prum and physiological researcher Harriet Wallberg.

President Barry Bills offered congratulations to the graduates. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, offered greetings from the state of Maine.

Beth Quimby can be reached at 791-6363 or at: [email protected]