2014 Commencement and Alumni/ae Reunion Weekend


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2014 Commencement & Alumni/ae Reunion Weekend

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Schedule of 2014 Commencement Weekend Events

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014
2–9 pm Registration

Bertelsmann Campus Center

Alumni/ae-Student Rugby Games
Lorenzo Ferrari Soccer Complex, north field
Sponsored by the Department of Athletics and Recreation and the Bard St. Stephen's Alumni/ae Association. (weather permitting)

2 pm
Alumnae-Student Women's Rugby Game

3 pm
Alumni-Student Men's Rugby Game

5–9 pm
President's Awards Ceremony and Dinner

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Join the President of the Bard St. Stephen's Alumni/ae Association Board of Governors, Peter Criswell '89, and fellow Bardians as we honor the exceptional achievements of Bard alumni/ae and friends and salute reunion classes.
$55 per person. Advance registrations required.

5 pm
Cocktail Reception
Fisher Center Lobby

6:30 pm
Awards Ceremony
Sosnoff Theater

Recipients of 2014 Awards
Bard Medal

Toni and Martin T. Sosnoff

John and Samuel Bard Award in Medicine and Science
Kathryn E. Stein '66

Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters
Amy Sillman, MFA '95

John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service
Alexis Papahelas '83

Mary McCarthy Award
Sharon Olds

The Bardian Award
Nancy S. Leonard
William T. Maple
Joan Retallack

7:30 pm
Thorne and Resnick Studios, and Theater Two Lobby
Reunion classes will be seated together.

9 pm–1 am
Annandale Roadhouse

Kline Commons
The alumni/ae party comes to Kline. Take up your old spot on the wall outside Kline Commons or relax in the space lounge inside. Music, specialty cocktails, pizza and a cash bar. Kids are welcome.

9:30 pm

Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Bard College Soloists and Composers in Concert with the American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, conductor. Seating is first come, first served. Registration and tickets are not required.
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SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014
7:30 am

Walking Tour of Bard Lands with Professor William Maple

Meet at Blithewood north lawn.
Includes a boxed continental breakfast.
$7 per person. Advance reservations required.

9–10 am
Commencement Breakfast

Kline Commons
Continental breakfast for graduating seniors, their families, faculty, and trustees. Complimentary

9 am-2:30 pm
5-7 pm

Bertelsmann Campus Center
Blithewood north lawn

10 am

Senior Project Panel

Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium, Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation
Members of the Class of 2014 present their Senior Projects.

11 am

Celebrate 10 years of La Voz Magazine at Bard
Anne Cox Chambers Alumni/ae Center
Join Mariel Fiori '05 and La Voz alumni/ae for a celebration of the Hudson Valley's first and only Spanish language magazine of News and Culture. Started by, then students, Emily Schmall '04 and Mariel Fiori '05 at Bard in 2004, the award winning La Voz reaches over 20,000 readers monthly with original content produced by Bardians and many locals. Authentic Latino snacks and refreshments.
11 am–1:30 pm


Main Dining Room, Kline Commons
For alumni/ae, graduating seniors, their families, and guests
$20 per person, free to children 6 and under

11:30 am–1:30 pm

Graduate Program Lunch

Blithewood north lawn
For Class of 2014 graduates of the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture; Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts; International Center of Photography-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies; Bard Center for Environmental Policy; Master of Business Administration in Sustainability; Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture; Master of Arts in Teaching Program; Graduate Conducting Program and Vocal Arts Program of The Bard Conservatory of Music. For more information, please contact Marie Balogh.
Reservations required.

Complimentary for Class of 2014 graduates, faculty, and staff.
$25 per person for friends and family.


 12 – 1 pm
   Bard Georgian Ensemble
     Bard Hall
    Come hear the Bard Georgian Ensemble perform traditional polyphonic folk songs from the Republic of Georgia, along with senior members Antonin Fajt '14, Kalena M. Fujii '14, Rae Anna Hample '14, Maxwell McKee '14 and Julia D. Wallace '14.


Academic Procession
Alumni/ae from reunion classes are invited to join the Class of 2014, trustees, and faculty in the academic procession. Academic attire is required and must be ordered by April 14.

1:30 pm

Robing for the Academic Procession

F. W. Olin Humanities Building

2 pm

Formation of the Academic Procession

Annandale Road, south of the Chapel of the Holy Innocents

2:30 pm

Commencement Exercises

Commencement Tent, Seth Goldfine Memorial Field
Celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2014 and the awarding of honorary degrees.

Honorary Degrees

Commencement Speaker
Nancy Pelosi
Doctor of Laws

Anne D. Bogart '74
Doctor of Fine Arts
Alumni/ae Honorary Degree

Jacob Neusner
Doctor of Humane Letters

Jacqueline Novogratz
Doctor of Humane Letters

Henry Rosovsky
Doctor of Humane Letters

Darren Walker
Doctor of Humane Letters

Conferring of Graduate Degrees
Conferring of Bachelor of Arts Degrees


Kline Commons Terrace


Class of 2009, 5th Reunion
Class of 2004, 10th Reunion
Class of 1999, 15th Reunion
Class of 1994, 20th Reunion
Class of 1989, 25th Reunion
Class of 1984, 30th Reunion
Class of 1979, 35th Reunion
Class of 1974, 40th Reunion
Class of 1969, 45th Reunion
Class of 1964, 50th Reunion
Class of 1959, 55th Reunion
Class of 1954, 60th Reunion
Class of 1949, 65th Reunion
Class of 1944, 70th Reunion

5–6:30 pm

Reunion Reception

Blithewood south lawn
Compliments of the Office of Alumni/ae Affairs

5–8:30 pm

Reunion Reception and Dinner
For the classes of 1944 to 1984

Blithewood foyer
Alumni/ae from the Classes of 1984 and earlier and friends are invited to enjoy this special reception and dinner.
Price per person $50. Advance registration required.

Barbecue, Dancing, and Fireworks

Commencement Celebrants: Blithewood north lawn
Alumni/ae: Blithewood south lawn
6:30–8:30 pm


Gather with graduates, alumni/ae, family and friends.
Price per adult $24, price per child ages (7-12) $15, free to children 6 and under.† Advance reservations recommended.

†During the weekend, onsite tickets will be $30 per adult and $18 per child 7-12; however, we cannot guarantee that tickets will be available on the day of the event. There is no charge for children 6 and under. Advanced reservations recommended.

7:30–11:30 pm

Dance to live music

Approx. 9 pm


 9:00 pm    Jazzfest
    Blum Hall, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Center
Malcolm Cecil, Michael Gold ’79, Richard Gordon, Neal Grover ’79, Emily Hay ’78, Harvey Nosowitz ’76, and Markus Pinney ’78 play together again in memory of Larry McLeod ’76 and Frank Carter ’79.
All are welcome.

 Approx. 11:30 pm
  Alumni/ae Bonfire
    Community Garden

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SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014
9:30–10:30 am
Alumni/ae Memorial Service

Chapel of the Holy Innocents
In honor of alumni/ae, faculty, and special friends of the College who died during the past year. Officiants: Bard College Chaplaincy.

10:30 am–
12:30 pm
Alumni/ae Brunch

Kline Commons
Wrap up the weekend with friends.  Enjoy a delicious brunch with specialty food and drinks and hear the inside scoop on Bard from the President of the College, the President of the Bard St. Stephen's Alumni/ae Association and members of the faculty.
Price per person in advance $20; price if purchased after the pre-registration deadline $27, if space is available. Advance registration recommended.

12:30 pm
Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Bard-St. Stephen's Alumni/ae Association

Faculty Dining Room in Kline Commons
Alumni/ae interested in volunteering for alumni/ae committees and programs are cordially invited to attend.

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Bertelsmann Campus Center
8 am–11 pm
8 am–9 pm
8 am–5 pm

  Anne Cox Chambers Alumni/ae Center

9 am-6 pm
10 am-5 pm
11 am-4 pm

Bard Theatre and Dance in pictures 1950-2010
Exhibition on view in the Alumni/ae Living Room

Down the Road Cafe, Bertelsmann Campus Center
8 am–5 pm
8 am–6 pm
8 am–3 pm

  Bard College Bookstore
9 am–5 pm
10 am–6 pm

  CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art
11 am–6 pm
11 am–6 pm

Deviance Credits
The Center for Curatorial Studies presents thirteen exhibitions and projects curated by second-year students in its graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art. 

Footnotes rethinks the relationship between title, text, and footnote to spatially contextualize selected works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection.

Blithewood Mansion, Levy Economics Institute
11 am–2 pm
View the exhibit Memory and History: The Legacy of Alfred Spitzer and Edith Neumann

  Poster Display
8 am–7 pm
Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation
Come see the poster display along the lobby wall of the work of students from the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing, including the Class of 2014.

  Richard B. Fisher and Emily H. Fisher Studio Art Building
10 am–5 pm
10 am–2 pm

  Stevenson Gymnasium
7:30 am–10:30 pm
8:30 am to 9:00 pm
Facilities include pool, weight/fitness room, squash courts, basketball court, and outside tennis courts. Groomed walking and running trails are also available.

Stevenson Library
9 am–5 pm
10 am–2 pm

Primary Contact
Office of Special Events
Bard College
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504