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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.
 

Exercise in Student Activism Opens Doors to Academic Achievement

Exercise in Student Activism Opens Doors to Academic Achievement
Lumina Foundation's recent issue of In Focus features BPI, elaborating on the culmination of our program, and how it has grown and expanded to at least 13 states over the last 15 years. Moreover, Max Kenner, executive director of BPI, tells the Foundation our overarching goal to is make education the most important thing in our students' lives, and the incredible progress and growth of our students prove that education works. 

JFK Library Foundation Honors Max Kenner, Executive Director of BPI, with the New Frontier Award

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics honors Max Kenner, executive director of BPI, with the New Frontier Award in recognition of his community service.
 

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.