2009-07-17 / School News

Local Student Graduates From Bowdoin College

Rockaway resident Saira Mercedes Toppin graduated from Bowdoin College on May 23.

She majored in gender and women's studies and minored in economics.

Bowdoin College is a small, highly selective liberal arts college located in Brunswick, Maine, about 25 miles north of Portland. One of the oldest colleges in the nation, it received its charter in 1794.

Bowdoin enrolls approximately 1,723 students from across the country and around the world.

Notable alumni include the 14th U.S. President Franklin Pierce, writers Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, African-American newspaper editor John Brown Russwurm, Civil War hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Arctic explorer Robert E. Peary, former Senate Majority Leader and U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell, former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson.

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