Commencement

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Click here to read the commencement address by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Click here to read President Leon Botstein's charge to the graduates.

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Bard's 154th Commencement

Bard College held its 154th commencement on
Saturday, May 24, 2014.


Bard College held its one hundred fifty-fourth commencement on Saturday, May 24, 2014. At the commencement ceremony, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered the commencement address, and Bard President Leon Botstein conferred 455 undergraduate degrees and 151 graduate degrees on the Class of 2014. Honorary degrees were awarded to Pelosi, theater director Anne D. Bogart ’74, Judaic scholar Jacob Neusner, philanthropist Jacqueline Novogratz, education historian Diane Ravitch, economist Henry Rosovsky, and humanitarian Darren Walker.

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Nancy Pelosi Gives Commencement Address at Bard College

In her speech at Bard College commencement, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told graduates, "My wish for you today is that you know your power to imagine, to inspire, to shape the future with your ideals and your optimism. And my wish is that you enjoy every minute of it."

Read the full text of the address here.

Watch the full commencement program here.

President Leon Botstein's Charge to the Class of 2014

In this charge to Bard graduates, President Botstein reflected on the 100th anniversary this summer of the start of World War I. He observed that the 19th-century dream of a more enlightened society gave way to the horrors of the war. One hundred years later, we still face many obstacles to a democratic, egalitarian society. In the face of these challenges, President Botstein told graduates, "Perhaps the source of hope is not global but exists in the modest frame of what each of us can do in the short but powerful time of our own lives." Click here to read the full text of President Botstein's charge.

Schedule of Events

Commencement Exercises
Celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2014 and the awarding of honorary degrees.
Commencement Tent, Seth Goldfine Memorial Rugby Field
2:30 pm

Conferring of the Honorary Degrees
Nancy Pelosi
Doctor of Laws
Commencement Speaker


Anne D. Bogart '74
Doctor of Fine Arts
Alumni/ae Honorary Degree


Jacob Neusner
Doctor of Humane Letters

Jacqueline Novogratz
Doctor of Humane Letters

Henry Rosovsky
Doctor of Humane Letters

Darren Walker
Doctor of Humane Letters

Conferring of Graduate Degrees
Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy, and Master of Arts
in Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
Master of Fine Arts
Master of Science in Climate Science and Policy
Master of Science in Environmental Policy
Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Music in Conducting
Master of Music in Vocal Arts
Master of Business Administration in Sustainability

Conferring of Bachelor Degrees
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Science