May 24–26, 2019
The commencement address was given by New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, who received an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Honorary degrees were also awarded to music scholar V. Kofi Agawu, historian Philip J. Deloria, Bishop Herbert A. Donovan Jr.,computer scientist Margaret Heafield Hamilton, architect Steven Holl, and artist Carolee Schneemann ’59 (posthumous).
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell Gives the 2019 Commencement Address
Mayor Catrell urged Bard College graduates to "be impatient with injustice." She focused on the College's history of nontraditional leadership as well as her own, and how Bard students and alumni/ae have worked with her to rebuild the City of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina struck.