2013 Commencement and Alumni/ae Weekend



2012 Commencement and Alumni/ae Weekend


2013 Commencement and Alumni/ae Weekend
May 24-26, 2013

To view the webcast of the 2012 Commencement, please click HERE.
The link went live at 2:30 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, May 26, 2012.

Schedule of 2012 Commencement Weekend Events
(Last updated January 31, 2012.)

The Comfort Inn in Saugerties (845-246-1565), Quality Inn in Kingston (845-339-3900), Holiday Inn in Kingston (845-338-0400), and the SuperLodge in Kingston (845-338-4200) are offering special rates. Mention "Bard" when making your reservations. For other area lodging, please click HERE.

Amtrak Shuttle Schedule
(Bard shuttles will only run to Rhinebeck.
No shuttles will meet the MetroNorth trains in Poughkeepsie.)

Picking Up From Rhinecliff Train Station
May 25: 2:52 pm, 3:52 pm, 4:45 pm, 6:10 pm, 7:25pm
May 26: 8:52 am, 9:52 am, 11:50 am, 1:19 pm

Return to Rhinecliff Train Station
May 27: Shuttle departs from Kline bus stop.
10:00 am for 10:51 am train to NYC
12:00 pm for 12:51 pm train
1:00 pm for 1:51 pm train
2:00 pm for 2:51 pm train
Bard Shuttle Schedule
Click HERE to read the full shuttle schedule.

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012
2:00-11:00 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)

3:00 pm
Alumnae-Student Women's Rugby Game

4:00 pm
Alumni-Student Men's Rugby Game

5:00-9:00 pm
President's Awards Ceremony and Dinner

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Join fellow Bardians as we honor the exceptional achievements
of Bard alumni/ae and friends and salute reunion classes.
$50 per person. Advance registrations required.

5:00 pm
Cocktail Reception
Fisher Center Lobby

6:30 pm
Awards Ceremony
Sosnoff Theater

Recipients of 2012 Awards
Bard Medal

John and Wendy Neu

John and Samuel Bard Award in Medicine and Science
Fred Maxik '86

Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters
Carolee Schneemann '59

John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service
Stephen Saland

Mary McCarthy Award
Deborah Eisenberg

The Bardian Award
JoAnne Akalaitis
Burton Brody
Frederick Hammond

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

9:00 pm

Blum Hall, Edith C. Blum Institute
Jazz in memory of Larry McLeod '76 and Frank Carter '79

9:00 pm-1:00 am
Annandale Roadhouse

Bertelsmann Campus Center
Something for everyone! Lounge areas, open terrace, movies for kids, Diversity Committee/Bard Opportunity Programs (BEOP) social, and cash bar and cafe

9:30 pm

Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Bard student 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 26, 2012
7:30 am
Walking Tour of Bard Lands with Professor William Maple

Meet on the back lawn of Blithewood.
Includes a boxed continental breakfast.
$6 per person. Advance reservations required.

8:30-10:00 am President's Breakfast

President's Garden
Continental breakfast for graduating seniors, their families, faculty, and trustees. Complimentary


9:00am-2:30 pm
Bertelsmann Campus Center

5:00-7:00 pm
Blithewood north lawn

10:00 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 2012 present their Senior Projects.

10:00 am Hard Hat Tour of the Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Conservatory Building and the New Music Rehearsal Building

Meet in lobby of Music Rehearsal Building, across from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Center

Robert Martin, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, will lead this tour of the College's two newest buildings.

10:00 am-5:00 pm
  Airstream Trailer, Bertelsmann Campus Center
Record an audio history of your time at Bard in a 15-minute interview. Visit the trailer to select an interview time.

11:00 am
Adolfas Mekas Memorial

Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center in the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Center
Join fellow members of the Bard community as we celebrate the life of this groundbreaking filmmaker and beloved educator.

11:00 am-1:30 pm

Main Dining Room, Kline Commons
For alumni/ae, graduates, families, and guests
$18 per person, free to children 6 and under

11:00 am-1:30 pm
Graduate Program Lunch

Blithewood north lawn
For Class of 2012 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 Conducting Program and Vocal Arts Program of The Bard Conservatory of Music.
Complimentary for graduate program graduates, faculty, and staff. $20 per person for friends and family.
(For more information about this event, please contact Doug O'Connor.)


Academic Procession
Alumni/ae from reunion classes are invited to join the Class of 2012, trustees, and faculty in the academic procession. Academic attire is required and must be ordered by April 13.

1:30 pm
Robing for the Academic Procession

F. W. Olin Humanities Building

2:00 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 2012 and the awarding of honorary degrees.

Honorary Degrees
Cory A. Booker
Doctor of Laws

Aryeh Neier
Doctor of Humane Letters

Lynda Resnick
Doctor of Humane Letters

Lynn Nottage
Doctor of Fine Arts

Jens Reich
Doctor of Science

Conferring of Graduate Degrees
Conferring of Bachelor of Arts Degrees


Kline Commons Terrace


Class of 2007, 5th Reunion
Class of 2002, 10th Reunion
Class of 1997, 15th Reunion
Class of 1992, 20th Reunion
Class of 1987, 25th Reunion
Class of 1982, 30th Reunion
Class of 1972, 40th Reunion
Classes of 1962/1963, 50th Reunion
Class of 1952, 60th Reunion
All earlier classes

5:00-6:30 pm
Reunion Reception

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

6:30-8:30 pm
40th, 50th, and 60th Reunion Dinner

Blithewood foyer
Alumni/ae from the Classes of 1972, 1962/1963, and 1952 are invited to enjoy this special dinner in their honor.
$45 per person. 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.
$22 per adult, $12 per child ages 7-12, free to children 6 and under.† Advance reservations recommended.

†During the weekend, onsite tickets will be $28 per adult and $15 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.

Dance to live music

Approx. 9:00 pm

9:00 pm

Blum Hall, Edith C. Blum Institute
Jazz in memory of Larry McLeod '76 and Frank Carter '79
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SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012
9:30 to 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
Dedication of the John Schreiner Opus 5 Chamber Organ
  Chapel of the Holy Innocents
In honor of Frederick Hammond on the occasion of his retirement. Reception to follow in the Elizabethan Knot Garden.

10:30 am-12:30 pm
Champagne Buffet Brunch

Kline Commons
Join President Leon Botstein, Dean of the College Michele D. Dominy, and Board of Governors President Michelle Dunn Marsh '95 for a discussion on the state of the College.
$20 per person in advance; $25 if purchased after the pre-registration deadline, if space is available. Advance registration recommended.

11:00 am-1:00 pm
  Airstream Trailer, Bertelsmann Campus Center
Record an audio history of your time at Bard in a 15-minute interview. Visit the trailer to select an interview time.

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
8:00 am to 11:00 pm
8:00 am to 9:00 pm
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  Down the Road Cafe, Bertelsmann Campus Center
8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and 8:00 pm to midnight
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
8:00 am to 3:00 pm

  Bard College Bookstore
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

  CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Blithewood Mansion, Levy Economics Institute
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
View the exhibit Memory and History: The Legacy of Alfred Spitzer and Edith Neumann

  Poster Display
8:00 am to 7:00 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 2012.

  Richard B. Fisher and Emily H. Fisher Studio Art Building
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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

Stevenson Library
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Primary Contact
Office of Alumni/ae Affairs
Bard College
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
800-BARDCOL or 845-758-7867