When should I get to
Some families arrive on Friday. Others arrive on Saturday. Check with
your student; they may have previously scheduled activities.
As a parent, may I attend Baccalaureate or Senior Dinner?
No, due to limited capacity, the Senior Dinner and Baccalaureate ceremony are reserved for graduating seniors only.
Do we need tickets?
No. The Commencement tent opens at 1:00pm, and seating is first come, first served. We
recommend that you to arrive as early as possible.
When will I receive a formal invitation?
In March, each graduating senior will receive five invitations and envelopes (one is sent to the student via campus mail, and four are mailed to the parents). If you need more, extras are available through the Center for Student Life and Advising. You do not need an invitation to attend, nor do you need to bring it with you to gain access to the tent.
Do you offer live streaming of Commencement?
Yes, there will be a live webcast of the commencement ceremony, beginning at 2:30pm on May 23. The link will be posted on the Bard website approximately a week prior.
Are graduates photographed as they cross the stage?
A photographer captures each student's image as she/he steps off the stage, so there’s no need to rush up to the stage for this memorable moment. Images are emailed the week following the event.
Is there handicapped seating?
Handicapped seating will be available. We ask that no more than three guests accompany the person requiring assistance. When you enter the tent, ask the Junior Marshals where the seating is located.
Will there be handicapped parking for Commencement?
Yes, handicapped parking spaces will be located on Library Road, adjacent to the commencement tent. In the likely event that capacity has been reached in the lot, you are welcome to drop off members of your family at Library Road, before parking your vehicle elsewhere. There are also golf carts around campus to shuttle visitors to various locations.
Where and when do students pick up their cap and gown? What’s the process?
Students pick up caps and gowns at the Bard Campus Bookstore, in Bertlesmann Campus Center. Caps and gowns will be available for pick up approximately a week before commencement. The bookstore orders a variety of sizes to accommodate all students. Please note: Prior to cap and gown pick up, the student’s account needs to be paid in full.
If your student is a December graduate, how do they receive a cap and gown?
They may pick up a cap and gown at the Campus Bookstore Commencement morning. Otherwise, they can ask a friend to pick them up in advance.
When do seniors need to vacate their dorm rooms?
Seniors must vacate rooms by 3:00pm on Sunday, May 24.
Are pets allowed?
Only service animals are permitted on campus during Commencement exercises.
Can I stay on campus?
Unfortunately, no. Off-campus housing may be found here
Where do I find a list of accommodations near campus?
A comprehensive list of nearby hotels, inns, and B&Bs may be found on the Bard website
. We recommend booking your accommodations as soon as possible.
Will there be shuttle service between Bard’s campus and local hotels and train stations?
There will be no shuttle service between campus and hotels. However, shuttles will be available on Saturday morning at the Amtrak station in Rhinecliff. Guests are responsible for making their own return travel arrangements to the train station. The pick-up schedule will be posted on the College’s transportation website
Where do I pick up my meal tickets?
Bertelsmann Campus Center, Fri 2-11pm, Sat 9am-2:30pm
Blithewood north lawn, Sat 5-7pm
Are there menu options for people with special dietary concerns?
Yes, we make every effort to accommodate dietary needs. Vegan options will be available at the barbecue and Kline Dining Commons.
What happens if I purchase meal tickets and don’t use them? Can I get a refund?
All requests for refunds must be submitted by May 15.
Can I pay onsite for the Saturday barbecue?
A limited number of tickets will be available on site, but we recommend you register ahead. The cost of the barbecue increases after May 15.
Can we come for fireworks and dancing if we don’t purchase barbecue tickets?
Yes, bring a blanket, flashlight, and enjoy. Fireworks begin at dark, around 9:00pm.
Do I include my graduating senior when I register for meals?
The meal plan ends at dinner on Friday, May 22, so plan to purchase tickets for your student for any meals after that date. The barbecue, however, will be free for graduating seniors. Prior registration for the complementary ticket is required.