Commencement

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Please contact the Office of Special Events at events@bard.edu or 845-758-7867 with questions about commencement.

Speeches

Click here to read the commencement address by Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

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

Registration

Online registration for Commencement and Alumni/ae Reunion Weekend is now closed. Tickets for many of the events will be available on campus. Visit the registration desk in the Campus Center for more information.

Past Commencements

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Bard's 155th Commencement

Bard College held its 155th commencement
on Saturday, May 23, 2015.

Bard College held its one hundred fifty-fifth commencement on Saturday, May 23, 2015. At the commencement ceremony, Bard President Leon Botstein conferred 420 undergraduate degrees on the Class of 2015 and 148 graduate degrees. The commencement address was given by Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Ifill received an honorary doctorate of laws. Honorary degrees were also awarded to dancer and choreographer Arthur Aviles ’87, neurobiologist Cori Bargmann, historian Anthony Grafton, and artist Kiki Smith.

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Bard College Holds One Hundred Fifty-Fifth Commencement on Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sherrilyn Ifill Gives Commencement Address at Bard College

In her address to the class of 2015, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., charged the graduates, "To exercise true citizenship, you will be obligated to help our nation grapple with its most vexing and starkest contradictions."

Read the full text of the address here.

Schedule of Events

Commencement Exercises
Celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2015 and the awarding of honorary degrees.
Commencement Tent, Seth Goldfine Memorial Rugby Field
2:30 pm

Conferring of the Honorary Degrees
  • Sherrilyn Ifill
    Commencement Speaker
    Doctor of Laws

  • Arthur Aviles '87
    Doctor of Fine Arts
    Alumni/ae Honorary Degree

  • Cori Bargmann
    Doctor of Science

  • Anthony Grafton
    Doctor of Humane Letters

  • Kiki Smith
    Doctor of Fine Arts

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