May 24–30, 2021
Congratulations to the Class of 2021!
Former Open Society Foundations President Patrick Gaspard Delivers 2021 Commencement Address
“Justice has been historically elusive in our nation. And so has truly inclusive representative democracy. I won’t here recite our innumerable challenges and our most recent traumas, though the recent insurrections in our nation’s Capitol and the ensuing lack of national examination remind us that violence and authoritarianism have more enablers than instigators. I raise this here to extend my interrogation of exceptionalism—in this case, American exceptionalism—and to wonder aloud what a recasting of America’s place in the world might mean for this graduating class and your generation.”
President Botstein’s Charge to the Class of 2021
“As you leave this place, and as we together emerge from the pandemic, you, the graduating class, will be at the forefront of the restoration of what we like to think of as a ‘return to normalcy.’ In that process I think we must be honest about the core values of the place you received your undergraduate education. The Class of 2021 needs to be especially clear about why their alma mater exists and what it stands for. What are the guiding axioms for ourselves and our college—convictions we will not abandon despite changes in fashion because we regard them as true, good, and universal?”
Congratulations, Class of 2021!
Saturday, June 12
Reconnecting with Bard and Bard friends is what we all need right now. Even in the virtual world, we can renew, reignite, and reflect on the Bard we love.
Join us virtually for all the 2021 reunion events on Saturday, June 12.
Would you like to be on your reunion committee? Write to [email protected] or call 845-758-7116.
Matriculation Dinner for the Class of 2021
August 2017. Photo by Karl Rabe
Bard College held its 160th commencement on Saturday, August 22, 2020.
In the virtual commencement ceremony, Bard President Leon Botstein conferred 437 undergraduate degrees on the Class of 2020 and 161 graduate degrees.