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BPI Celebrated its 14th Commencement

On June 11, BPI celebrated its 14th Commencement ceremony at Woodbourne Correctional Facility; 30 Bard College degrees were conferred, bringing our total graduates to 380. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn was the speaker.
 

Founder of Nonprofit That Took on Harvard Wants to Put Prison Education Up for Debate

Founder of Nonprofit That Took on Harvard Wants to Put Prison Education Up for Debate
Max Kenner, executive director of BPI, was recently interviewed by Crain's New York. Kenner discusses the significance of BPI students developing debate skills, reentry, and the organization's supporters. 

An Educational Journey That Began in Prison Leads to Jubilation at Yale

An Educational Journey That Began in Prison Leads to Jubilation at Yale
BPI alumnus, George Chochos, describes how he strove to transform his life from the status of incarcerated felon to being as asset to his community. That journey began with his formal college education through BPI. On May 23, 2016, George earned his Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. This summer he'll serve as
coordinator of the Yale President's Public
Service Fellowship program and he has
been accepted into the Master of Sacred
Theology program at Yale Divinity School. 

BPI Defeats West Point Debate Team

BPI Defeats West Point Debate Team
Last fall, the BPI division of the Bard Debate Union competed against Harvard, won, and made international headlines.  On April 15 the BPI team had its 3rd annual competition against the United States Military Academy at West Point and won by unanimous decision.