Commencement Weekend


 

Commencement: May 27-29, 2016

Registration is now closed!

We look forward to seeing you next weekend.

Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions at (845) 758-7867 or email events@bard.edu.


View the schedule of events below.

 

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We are happy to announce that registration for Commencement Weekend is now open! We encourage all families who plan to be on campus during the weekend of May 27-29 to register online.

Some of the highlights of the weekend include:

  • Commencement procession, exercises, and graduation speaker
  • Bard undergraduate soloists and composers in concert with members of The Orchestra Now, (TON) Leon Botstein, conductor.
  • Commencement barbecue and fireworks display

Please note, the commencement tent will open at 1:00 pm and the ceremony will begin at 2:30 pm. There are no tickets for the commencement ceremony, seating is first come, first serve.

Congratulations! We look forward to seeing you in May.

 

 


Find your way!

View the Bard Transportation website HERE.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

View a list of the most frequently asked questions HERE.

 

 For more information contact the Special Events Office
at 845-758-7687 or events@bard.edu.

 

  

  

  

Accommodations

Find a list of local accommodations HERE.

 

 

Eat Local

On campus dining is available at Kline Commons. See schedule below.

Find a list of local restaurants HERE.



Friday, May 27, 2016

2–9 pm Registration
Bertelsmann Campus Center, George Ball Lounge
2–4 pm Alumni/ae-Student Rugby Games
Lorenzo Ferrari Field Complex, north field
Join the Bard Rugby Football Club and the Bard College Rugby Football Alumni/ae Association in celebrating the men's 20th season and women's 10th season. Sponsored by the Department of Athletics and Wellness and the Bard College Alumni/ae Association.
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
Alumni/ae and friends are invited to join the president of the Bard College Alumni/ae Association Board of Governors, Mackie Siebens '12, as we honor the exceptional achievements of members of the Bard community. $55 for adults, $28 for children 7-12. Advanced registration required.

Recipients of 2016 Awards

Bard Medal
Patricia Ross Weis '52
Charles "Chuck" Simmons

John and Samuel Bard Award in Medicine and Science
 Erik Kiviat '76

Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters
Steven Sapp '89 and Mildred Ruiz-Sapp '92

John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service
David Harman

Mary McCarthy Award
Jorie Graham

The Bardian Award
Carolyn Dewald
Terence F. Dewsnap, Sr.
Gennady L. Shkliarevsky, in absentia
Peter D. Skiff
5 pm Cocktail Reception
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Sosnoff Lobby
6:30 pm Awards Ceremony
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Sosnoff Theater
7:30 pm Dinner
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Thorne and Resnick Studios
Reunion classes will be seated together.
9 pm Jazzfest
The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Center, Blum Hall
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.
9:30 pm Concert
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Sosnoff Theater
Bard College undergraduate soloists and composers in concert with members of The Orchestra Now (TON), Leon Botstein, conductor. Seating is first come, first served. Registration and tickets are not required.

Questions?


Contact the Office of Special Events at events@bard.edu or 845-758-7867.

* Please note, schedule is subject to change. Brochures will be available at registration.  

 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

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7:30 am
Nature and History Walking Tour with Assistant Professor Bruce Robertson
Meet at Blithewood north lawn
Discover the cultural and environmental history of the Bard lands while helping you recognize wild birds, insects and plants. Includes a boxed continental breakfast.
$7.50 per person. Advanced reservations required.
   Registration
9 am–2:30 pm
Bertelsmann Campus Center, George Ball Lounge
5:00–7:00 pm
Blithewood north lawn
10 am – 1:00 pm 

Visit Montgomery Place
Bard College: Montgomery Place Campus, just south of Bard's main campus on River Road
Come explore and tour the house, gardens or grounds of Montgomery Place. House will be open for tours from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Grounds are open between sunrise and sunset.

10 am Senior Project Panel
Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation, László Z. Bitó '60 Auditorium
Select members of the Class of 2016 present their Senior Projects.
10 am – 1:00 pm 

Photography Exhibition, "Going Back to My Old School", Chad Kleitsch '91
Seena and Arnold Davis '44 Living Room, Anne Cox Chambers, Alumni/ae Center
Experiments and image mementos 1990-1992
"These were not my Senior Project but taken alongside it. I hoped to look back on them many years later... Well, now it's later".

11 am–1:30 pm Brunch
Kline Dining Commons, Main Dining Room
For graduating seniors, their families, alumni/ae, and guests.
$20 for adults, $10 for children 7-12, free to children 6 and under.
11:30 am–1:30 pm Graduate Program Lunch
Blithewood north lawn
For Class of 2016 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; Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture; Master of Arts in Teaching Program; Graduate Vocal Arts Program and Graduate Conducting Program of the Bard College Conservatory of Music; Master of Business Administration in Sustainability; Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy. Registration required. Complimentary for Class of 2016 graduates, faculty, and staff. $30 per person for guests. Please contact Marie Balogh. Reservations required.
Noon–1 pm Bard Georgian Choir
Bard Hall
Come hear the Bard Georgian Choir perform traditional polyphonic folk songs from the Republic of Georgia.
 

Commencement

  Academic Procession
The Class of 2016, trustees, and faculty are invited to march in the academic procession. Academic attire is required.

Honorary Degrees

Randall Kennedy
Commencement Speaker
Doctor of Humane Letters

Jennifer A. Doudna
Doctor of Science

William Chester Jordan 
Doctor of Humane Letters

Geraldine Laybourne
Doctor of Humane Letters

Elisabeth A. Semel '72 
Doctor of Laws
Alumni/ae Honorary Degree

Robert B. Silvers
Doctor of Letters

2 pm Formation of the Academic Procession
Annandale Road, south of the Chapel of the Holy Innocents
2:30 pm Commencement Exercises
Seth Goldfine Memorial Field, Commencement tent
Celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2016 and the awarding of honorary degrees.
5–6:30 pm Reception for Graduate Students (Masters and PhD)
Hessel Museum Terrace
5:30–8:00 pm Bard Community Barbecue
Blithewood north lawn
$25 per adult, $15 per child 7–12, free to children 6 and under. Advanced reservations recommended. 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. Cash bar.
8:00 pm–Midnight Dance to live music
Blithewood north lawn
9:00 pm Fireworks
Blithewood west lawn
9:00 pm Jazzfest
The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Center, Blum Hall
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.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

9:30–10:30 am
Alumni/ae Memorial Eucharist
Chapel of the Holy Innocents
In honor of alumni/ae, faculty, and special friends of the College who died during the past year. Bruce Chilton '71, celebrant.  Assisted by Kevin Dean, community chaplain.
10:00 am – 1:00pm
Photography Exhibition, "Going Back to My Old School", Chad Kleitsch '91
Seena and Arnold Davis '44 Living Room, Anne Cox Chamber Alumni/ae Center
Experiments and image mementos 1990-1992
"These were not my Senior Project but taken alongside it. I hoped to look back on them many years later... Well, now it's later".
10:30 am–12:30 pm Alumni/ae Brunch
Kline Dining Commons
Members of the Class of 2016 are now alumni/ae. Join President Leon Botstein, Dean of the College Rebecca Thomas, and Bard Trustee and Board of Governors Vice President Brandon Weber '97 for a discussion on the state of the College. Price per person: $24, price per child ages 7–12: $12, free to children 6 and under. Advanced registration recommended.
12:30 pm Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Bard College Alumni/ae Association
Kline Dining Commons, Faculty Dining Room
Alumni/ae interested in volunteering for alumni/ae committees and programs are cordially invited to attend.

Commencement FAQ 

When should I get to campus?

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 serve. 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 announcements 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 28. 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 e-mailed 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 area 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 must 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 29.

Are pets allowed?

Only service animals are permitted on campus during Commencement exercises.

May 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 Parents Network 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 17.

May 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 17.

May 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 27, 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.