Senior Handbook

Greetings from the Dean of the College

August 31, 2015

Dear Members of the Class of 2016: 

Welcome to a new semester, and to the start of the final year of your undergraduate education. It is an exciting time, and your Senior Project presents an opportunity to pose a question or challenge to yourself, and to bring all your intellectual and creative skills to bear on it. Every year, Bard seniors impress us with the quality and insight of their work, and we look forward to seeing all that you will accomplish. 

I am happy to introduce the Senior Guide, a resource for planning your senior year at Bard.
Click here to download the Senior Guide
Click here to download the Senior Project Preparation and Presentation

This handbook, the product of a collaboration between the offices of the Dean of the College, Dean of Student Affairs, Career Development, the Registrar’s Office, and Alumni/ae Affairs, brings together information on formatting and presenting your Senior Project, ordering transcripts, applying for fellowships and career opportunities, and preparing for Commencement and membership in The Alumnae/i Association.

The Watson Fellowship and Fulbright Scholarship application seasons have begun. The Watson is an unusual opportunity, offering graduating seniors $25,000 for a year of travel to pursue an independent “nonacademic” project. The Fulbright Scholarship is supported by the U.S. government and offers students overseas academic research opportunities. Bard students have excelled in winning these prestigious awards, and we wish this year’s applicants similar success. Other postgraduate opportunities are listed in the Fellowship & Scholarship Guide available from Dean of Studies David Shein. 

I look forward to the honor of presenting you when you receive your degree to President Botstein at Commencement.

With my best wishes,

Rebecca Thomas
Dean of the College

Associate Professor of Computer Science