Bard College held its one hundred fifty-fifth commencement on Saturday, May 23, 2015. The commencement address was given by Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Residence Life Residence life
at Bard College is the heart of the campus community. With dormitories ranging in design, size, and social style, students find a home in Annandale.
Why I Chose Bard
Why choose Bard College? The unique and rigorous curriculum, stunning campus, and close relationships with faculty are a few of the reasons our students decided to make Bard their home.
Citizen Science Citizen Science
is an innovative program for all first-year students at Bard College. Through three weeks of intensive study during January intersession, students develop a core understanding of both the conduct and the content of science.
Language & Thinking
The Language and Thinking Program
is an intensive introduction to the liberal arts and sciences attended by all incoming Bard students for three weeks in August of their first year.
Trustee Leader Scholars
Students in the Trustee Leader Scholar Program
(TLS) propose, design, and implement civic engagement projects based on their own interests.
Bard College Farm
The Bard College Farm
provides organic produce to the Bard College campus, growing more than 30 crops and including beekeeping and the largest cranberry bog in the Hudson Valley. The farm is worked by students and has expanded into a larger sustainable food initiative at the college.
Saim Saeed ’13: StudyAbroad
A political studies and philosophy major, Bard College alumnus Saim Saeed ’13 won a Davis Projects for Peace Award as an undergraduate. In this interview, he talks about the importance of his study abroad
experience at Bard.
Bard Prison Initiative
The Bard Prison Initiative
(BPI) celebrated its 13th commencement and its second for women on Tuesday, June 2.
Live Arts Bard
Live Arts Bard (LAB) is a laboratory for new performance at the College. Its aim is to develop a community of visiting artists and students who work side by side on creative projects.
Bard College Debate Union
Bard debaters are having a big impact on campus and in the local community. Here, they discuss building friendships and pushing their intellectual boundaries in competition. Please visit the Debate Union's website
for up-to-date information about debate formats and competition structure.
Pelosi Addresses Graduates
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi gave the address at Bard College's commencement ceremony on May 24, 2014.
Neil Gaiman at Bard College
Acclaimed author and Bard College professor in the arts Neil Gaiman discusses how he began to teach writing at Bard in the spring of 2013.
Bard Works Bard Works
is a career-oriented professional development program for juniors and seniors at Bard College that prepares them for success in the workplace.
Bard Music Festival
Bard president Leon Botstein discusses 20th-century Mexican composer Carlos Chávez, the focus of the 2015 Bard Music Festival
Opera at Bard
Bard presents a full-scale opera production every year as part of the eight-week SummerScape
festival in the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.
Why I Chose Bard
Samuel Pratt '14 chose Bard because the idea of a double major in philosophy and dance really appealed to him. “What I knew was that any academic pursuit was going to be integral to my growth and evolution as an artist.”
President Mahama Visits Bard
President John Dramani Mahama of the Republic of Ghana delivered the keynote lecture at the inaugural Chinua Achebe Leadership Forum at Bard College on December 9, 2013. (President Mahama's lecture begins at 1:06:44)
Bard Conservatory of Music
Bard professor Jeffrey Kahane talks about his vision for teaching in the Bard College Conservatory of Music
, and the role of musicians in the world.
Transformation and Inspiration
Mary McCarthy called Bard a "mad, exciting place." This student-created holiday video offers a glimpse of the transformative, interdisciplinary experiences that students have at Bard.
Greater China Tour
The Bard College Conservatory of Music
created this video in preparation for its summer 2012 tour of China, in which Bard students played in seven cities and met Chinese musicians and students.
Education for a Common Good
Bard celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010, reflecting on a legacy of academic excellence and launching the 150th Anniversary Campaign