2017 Reunion Weekend Schedule

Come back to Annandale to join the fun!

Catch up with classmates at our annual Annandale Roadhouse, bring your glove—join us for the Alumni/ae softball and rugby games, tell your story at BardCorps, or kick back on Blithewood lawn to watch our amazing fireworks display. To check out the full schedule, simply click on the links below.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our Special Events Office at 845-758-7867 or email events@bard.edu. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Be seeing you,


Online registration is available until May 16th! Register today to join in the festivities.

Click HERE for online brochure.

Photo Credit: Pete Mauney '93, MFA '00

Friday, May 26, 2017

2–9 pm Bertelsmann Campus Center, George Ball Lounge
9:30–11:30 pm Kline Commons, north terrace
After 11:30 pm Security Office, Old Gym
2–4 pm Alumni/ae-Student Rugby Games
Lorenzo Ferrari Field Complex, north field
2 pm Alumnae-Student Women's Rugby Game
3 pm Alumni-Student Men's Rugby Game

5–9 pm

Bard College Awards*
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

Hosted by Bard College Alumni/ae Association
Celebrate the exceptional achievements of alumni/ae, faculty, and friends
of the College. Enjoy cocktails on the elegant patio of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Honor fellow Bardians with your presence at the awards ceremony hosted by Brandon Weber ’97, president of the Bard College Alumni/ae Association Board of Governors, and College President  Leon Botstein. Afterward join honorees, trustees, fellow alumni/ae, faculty, and staff for dinner, served in Thorne and Resnick studios. $55 per adult,  $28 per child 7-12. Advance registration required.
* formerly known as the President's Award Ceremony and Dinner

5 pm Cocktail Reception
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Sosnoff Patio
6:30 pm Awards Ceremony ( all welcome)
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Sosnoff Theater

Recipients of 2017 Awards

Bard Medal
James H. Ottaway Jr.

John and Samuel Bard Award in Medicine and Science
Mariana Raykova '06

Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters
Nick Jones '01

John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service
Betsaida Alcantara '05

Mary McCarthy Award
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Bardian Award
Mario J. A. Bick
Diana De G. Brown
Marsha Davis
Larry Fink
Norman Manea

7:30 pm Dinner
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Weis Atrium, Thorne and Resnick Studios
Reunion classes will be seated together.
9 pm–Midnight Annandale Roadhouse 
Kline Commons
Begin your reunion weekend with friends. Join us on the tent–side terrace at Kline Commons. Enjoy specialty cocktails and snacks. Cash bar. Kids are welcome.
9 pm Jazzfest
Edith C. Blum Institute, Avery Arts Center, Blum Hall
David Casey ’78, Malcolm Cecil, Laurence Chertoff ’78, Flora Eyster ’78,
Alan Feldbaum ’76, 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 soloists and composers in concert with The Orchestra Now, Leon Botstein, conductor. Seating is first come, first served. Registration and tickets are not required.

Photo Credit: Pete Mauney '93, MFA '00

Saturday, May 27, 2017

  Nature and History Walking Tour with Assistant Professor of Biology Bruce Robertson
Meet at Blithewood north lawn
Discover the cultural and environmental history of the Bard lands while learning how to recognize wild birds, insects, and plants. Includes a boxed continental breakfast.
$8 per person. Advanced reservations required.
9 am–4:30 pm Bertelsmann Campus Center, George Ball Lounge
5–7 pm
Blithewood south lawn
10 am – 1:00 pm Montgomery Place Tours
Bard College: Montgomery Place Campus
Mansion tours between 10 am and 1 pm. Explore the grounds, south of Bard’s
main campus on River Road, anytime between sunrise and sunset. Shuttles
leave Kline bus stop at 10 am, 11 am, and noon for Montgomery Place; leave
Montgomery Place at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm for Kline. Montgomery
Place shuttle drop off and parking is a 5–10 minute walk to the mansion.
10 am Senior Project Panel
Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation, László Z. Bitó '60 Auditorium
Selected members of the Class of 2017 present their Senior Projects.
10 am–1:00 pm
3:00–5:00 pm

Bertelsmann Campus Center, Room 202
Alumni/ae are invited to visit the BardCorps booth to record an audio history of their time at Bard to be entered into the College archives. Brought to you by the College archivist and the Alumni/ae Association Oral History Committee.

11:00 am–Noon Manor Morning Mixer
Manor patio
The Bard College Alumni/ae Association Board of Governors invites all reunion classes and friends to a mixer with refreshments and coffee.
11 am–1:30 pm Brunch
Kline Dining Commons, Main Dining Room
For alumni/ae, graduating seniors, their families, and guests. $16 for adults, $10 per child 7–12, free to children 6 and under.
 11 am–2 pm

TLS Reunion Retreat
Paul's house, 1325 Annandale Road
The Trustee Leader Scholar Program turns 20. Calling all TLS alumni/ae. Join Paul Marienthal and your TLS colleagues for a home-cooked meal with meaningful conversation. Hosted by Paul and the Center for Civic Engagement

Noon–1 pm

Bard Georgian Choir
Bard Hall
Come hear the Bard Georgian Choir perform traditional polyphonic folk songs from the Republic of Georgia.



  Academic Procession
Alumni/ae from the reunion classes and those here for the TLS Reunion are invited to join the Class of 2017, trustees, and faculty in the academic procession. Academic attire is required and must be ordered by April 17.
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 2017 and the awarding of honorary degrees.
James C. Chambers ’81, chair of the Board of Trustees of Bard College, presiding and Bishop Andrew M. L. Dietsche, officiating.

Honorary Degrees

U.S. Representative John Lewis
Commencement Speaker
Doctor of Civil Law

Mary Beard
Doctor of Humane Letters

Erik D. Demaine

Doctor of Science

Cindy R. Jebb
Doctor of Humane Letters

Brice Marden
Doctor of Fine Arts

Karen Saxe '82
Doctor of Science
Alumni/ae Honorary Degree

Charles P. Stevenson Jr.
Doctor of Humane Letters



3–5 pm Alumni/ae Softball
Honey Field
The tradition continues. Don’t forget your glove. Refreshments.
5–6:30 pm

Alumni/ae Cocktail Reception and Class Photos
Blithewood south lawn
All classes invited
Join reunion classes and other alumni/ae for an open-bar reception. Compliments of the Office of Alumni/ae Affairs. Bard Community Barbecue to follow.

5:30–8:00 pm Bard Community Barbecue
Blithewood north lawn
All classes invited
Gather with alumni/ae, family, and friends. $26 per adult, $15 per
child 7–12, free for children 6 and under. Advance reservations recommended.
Cash bar. On-site tickets are $30 per adult and $15 per child 7-12; however,
we cannot guarantee that tickets will be available on the day of the event.
6:30–8:30 pm Blithewood Dinner for Classes of the 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, and 1977
Blithewood foyer
A special dinner for alumni/ae celebrating their 40th to 70th reunion.$50 per adult, $25 per child 7-12. Advanced registration required.
8:00–Midnight Dance to live music
Blithewood north lawn
9:00 pm Fireworks
Blithewood west lawn
9:00 pm Jazzfest
 Edith C. Blum Institute, Avery Arts Center, Blum Hall
See Friday for details.
11:30 pm Alumni/ae Bonfire
Community Garden

Photo Credit: Brennan Cavanaugh '88

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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. Officiants: Bard College Chaplaincy 
10:30 am–12:30 pm Alumni/ae Brunch
Kline Dining Commons
Join Bard President Leon Botstein, President of the Bard College Board
of Governors Brandon Weber ’97, and TLS alumni/ae for a celebration
brunch. Remarks at 11:30 am. After brunch, Paul Marienthal will lead a
walk to the Bard Farm. All welcome.
Brunch: $25 per adult, $15 per child 7–12, free for children 6 and under.
Advance registration recommended.
12:30 pm Meeting of the Bard College Alumni/ae Association Board of Governors 
Kline Dining Commons, Faculty Dining Room
Alumni/ae interested in volunteering for alumni/ae committees and programs are cordially invited to attend.
 1:00–3:00 pm  Concert
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Sosnoff Theater
Fabio Luisi, principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and
general music director of the Zurich Opera, leads The Orchestra Now
in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major and Brahms’s Symphony
No. 4. With violinist David Chan, concertmaster of the MET Orchestra. For tickets, contact the Fisher Center Box Office at 845-758-7900.