At the virtual commencement ceremony, Bard President Leon Botstein conferred 437 undergraduate degrees and 161 graduate degrees. The commencement address was given by musician David Byrne, who received an honorary doctorate of fine arts. Please visit the commencement website for videos, photos, and event programs.
Bard Community Celebrates Seniors with Car Parade
On Saturday, May 16, members of the Bard community came out to celebrate the graduating seniors with a car parade. Revelers gathered at the Fisher Center at 3:00, driving past Manor and Robbins and down Annandale Road, with President Botstein leading the way. They continued through Red Hook and Tivoli, passing by the homes of members of the Class of 2020 who are still in the local area. Staff, faculty, fellow students, families, and friends—including the Red Hook Police, Red Hook Fire Department, and Tivoli Fire Department—festooned their cars with banners, honking and playing music as they went. They dotted the parade route in singles and small groups, cheering and shouting to celebrate the 437 graduating seniors who have completed their coursework and Senior Projects in the midst of the pandemic.
Submit Your Photo to the Class of 2020 Digital Yearbook!
Help us create a digital yearbook to celebrate a truly extraordinary senior class. We’re looking for yearbook-style headshots, as well as candid images of campus life. You may also include a message to your fellow graduates and the Bard community. Want to say goodbye to special friends? Share a favorite memory of Bard? This is the place.
Print a Lawn Sign
Celebrate your graduation from Bard by printing a sign to display proudly on your front lawn, window, or door.
Congratulations, Fellowship Winners!
Senior Projects 2020
Seniors from Bard College, the Open Society University Network campuses, and international partners are invited to submit work that showcases their Senior Projects, to include photos, abstracts, audio and video clips, short stories, excerpts, and more.
The Theater and Performance Program performed its first-ever virtual production, Mad Forest, on April 10. Originally planned for the Fisher Center stage, the creative team transformed the work for a live webcast. The production included many seniors for whom this was part of their Senior Project. Theatre for a New Audience, in Brooklyn, subsequently invited them to give three more live online performances of Mad Forest in May.
Senior Spotlight: Javen Lara
Javen is a double major in viola performance and Italian studies. The Bard Conservatory senior talks about her Senior Project combining Italian language and composition.