Bowdoin has had its fair share of famous graduates over the years: Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States; Union Army officer Joshua Chamberlain and Reed Hastings, the founder of Netflix, to name a few.
But the Class of 2024 will now have a celebrity of its own.
Joining Bowdoin’s ranks, at least in spirit, will be Meg Griffin, the daughter of Peter and Lois Griffin, the parental duo from the Fox show “Family Guy.”
Meg, voiced by actress Mila Kunis, announced her acceptance to the College at the conclusion of the February 16 episode, titled “Short Cuts.”
Decked out in a Bowdoin hat and sweatshirt, Meg excitedly asked her family, “Does anyone want to hear about my week? Kind of a big week for the Megster!”
Met with silence, Meg plowed on, saying, “Big envelope in the mail! Yup! Early admittance! Day one, August 26. Clean slate.”
First years will move in on August 25, so hopefully the Griffins will be in Brunswick on time.
In an unprecedented move, the College announced the individual acceptance of a student, writing on its Twitter page Monday, “It looks like we have a new television Polar Bear to welcome to the family: Meg Griffin from @FamilyGuyonFOX ! #GoUBears.”
Kirker Butler, a two-time Emmy nominee and the episode’s writer, wrote in an email to the Orient that Bowdoin was Meg’s dream school.
“Bowdoin was her first choice because of her love of polar bears,” Butler wrote.
Butler said that Bates College was also an option for Meg.
“Bates was her safety school, but she might still go there for grad school because a Masters at Bates is hilarious,” Butler wrote.
Beyond Meg’s passion for polar bears, Butler said the reason Meg picked Bowdoin was straightforward. The writers were struggling with the “tag,” the last joke of the show, and they realized Meg had not yet been included in the episode.
“Mila [Kunis] gets paid whether she’s in the episode or not, so we figured we might as well make her earn her money ($250 plus a sack lunch, btw). We thought it would be funny if Meg got accepted to college and no one cared,” Butler wrote. “One of the writers pitched Bowdoin in the room and it seemed like the right choice.”
Pressed on whether Meg may have inflated her credentials or resume, like the Hollywood applicants caught up in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal, Butler issued a flat denial.
“I will say that Meg was accepted based solely on merit,” he wrote.