5/23/09 -- BRUNSWICK, Maine. Melvia Burns of New Jersey sheds a tear as her best friend's son, Ian Yaffe, speaks at Bowdoin College Commencement on Sunday. 449 students from around the world graduated from college - including 51 from Maine.
The college awarded honorary doctorates to Dramatist Edward Albee, Visual Artist Stephen Hannock - Bowdoin class of 1974, Breast Cancer Scientist Olufunmilayo Olopade, Human Rights activist and lawyer Kenneth Roth, and Inuit rights and climate activist Shiela Watt-Cloutier. Photo by Roger S. Duncan.