Bard College Commencement

Bard College Commencement

Main Image for Bard College held its157th Commencement onSaturday, May 27, 2017
Photo by Pete Mauney '93 MFA '00
Bard College held its 157th Commencement on
Saturday, May 27, 2017
U.S. Representative John Lewis Delivered the Commencement Address
 Honorary Degrees Were Awarded to Classicist Mary Beard, Computer Scientist Erik D. Demaine, West Point Dean and Brigadier General Cindy R. Jebb, Artist Brice Marden, Mathematician Karen Saxe ’82, and Philanthropist Charles P. Stevenson Jr.

Bard College held its 157th commencement on Saturday, May 27, 2017. At the commencement ceremony, Bard President Leon Botstein conferred 421 undergraduate degrees on the Class of 2017 and 133 graduate degrees, including master of fine arts; doctor and master of philosophy and master of arts in decorative arts, design history, and material culture; master of science in economic theory and policy; master of business administration in sustainability; master of arts in teaching; master of arts in curatorial studies; master of science in environmental policy and in climate science and policy; and master of music in vocal arts and in conducting.

Commencement Speeches

Watch the Commencement address by U.S. Representative John Lewis here and click below to read full text of Rep. Lewis's speech and Bard President Leon Botstein's charge to graduates.

Commencement Schedule Saturday, May 27, 2017

1:00 pm Tent opens for seating
Commencement tent, Memorial Rugby Field
 2:30 pm Live Streaming of Ceremony
All welcome at Kline Commons and Olin Auditorium
Alumni/ae: Seena and Arnold Davis ’44 Living Room
Anne Cox Chambers Alumni/ae Center
2:30 pm Commencement Exercises
Seth Goldfine Memorial Field, Commencement tent
Celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2017 and the awarding of honorary degrees.
James C. Chambers ’81, chair of the Board of Trustees of Bard College, presiding and Bishop Andrew M. L. Dietsche, officiating.

Honorary Degrees

U.S. Representative John Lewis
Commencement Speaker
Doctor of Civil Law

Mary Beard
Doctor of Humane Letters

Erik D. Demaine
Doctor of Science

Cindy R. Jebb
Doctor of Humane Letters

Brice Marden
Doctor of Fine Arts

Karen Saxe '82
Doctor of Science
Alumni/ae Honorary Degree

Charles P. Stevenson Jr.
Doctor of Humane Letters

About the Commencement Speaker

About the Commencement Speaker

U.S. Representative John Lewis was elected to Congress in November 1986 and has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since then. He is senior chief deputy whip for the Democratic Party in the House, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and its Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, and ranking member of its Subcommittee on Oversight. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Medal of Freedom, Lincoln Medal from the historic Ford’s Theatre, and National Education Association Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award. In 2001, Lewis was awarded the only John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Award for Lifetime Achievement ever granted by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Learn More