May 24, 2019
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Longtime Bowdoin employee to earn degree after 18 years

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Students walk near the chapel on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick, March 9, 2016.

A longtime employee at Bowdoin College in Brunswick gives new meaning to the notion of a “work-study” job.

Lisa Bouffard, 56, has been working in an administrative job at the campus dining services department since 1996. And for the last 18 years, she also has been averaging one class per semester. She’ll graduate next month with a double-major in religion and gender and women’s studies.

A college spokesman told the Portland Press Herald that Bouffard is believed to be the first Bowdoin employee to complete a degree start-to-finish at the college. She officially applied and was admitted after taking eight classes, and since starting her studies, has seen her own three children graduate from college and has welcomed four grandchildren.

Bouffard said she is grateful for friends and family who encouraged her as she juggled her schedule and schoolwork.

 



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