This year’s Graduation speaker is actor and educator Jason Bowen, Milton Academy Class of 2000. Born and raised in Boston, Bowen has performed on Broadway, television, and film. Bowen’s notable and previous credits include The Play That Goes Wrong (Broadway), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Blue Bloods (CBS), The Upside (STX/Amazon), and Mother/Android (Miramax/Hulu). In 2012, Boston Magazine awarded Bowen “Best Actor” honors in its annual “Best of Boston” issue.
Bowen’s first foray into theater occurred during his junior year at Milton. At the time, his primary extracurricular focus was serving as a member of Milton’s basketball team, but a classmate convinced him to give theater a try. After being cast as Joe Hardy in the school’s production of Damn Yankees, Bowen received strong encouragement from Milton faculty to capitalize on his talent and continue acting, which he did until graduating in 2000. He furthered this pursuit while attending Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where he received a B.S. in Theatre, before going on to act professionally.
This year’s Graduation ceremony will be held on the lawn in front of Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium on Friday, June 7, at 9:30 a.m, rain or shine. Graduates should arrive at 8 a.m. A live stream of the event will be linked from Milton’s homepage on the morning of the ceremony. The formal Graduation procession begins at Straus Library. A bagpiper then leads the faculty and seniors in a march to their seats.