Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s 41st Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 15 on the Blodgett House lawn, but the festivities of graduation week will already be well underway by the time students line up to receive their diplomas. In keeping with long standing traditions, Simon’s Rock will honor graduates and faculty members alike in the days leading up to the ceremony.
On Monday, May 10, the faculty will host a reception honoring retiring members Virginia “Ginny” Brush of the Division of Social Studies, and Robert Snyder of the Division of Science, Mathematics and Computing. Both will be familiar names to Simon’s Rock alumni; Snyder has been on the faculty since 1974.
Provost Mary Marcy will recognize those graduates who will be receiving their Associate’s Degree at the annual A.A. Reception on Wednesday, May 12, in the Daniel Arts Center (DAC). On Thursday, May 13, Provost Marcy will review senior theses at the annual thesis highlights reception, which will lead into the B.A. candlelight dinner at the Beckerman Dance Studio in the DAC.
8:30 a.m.: Continental breakfasts will be served at 8:30 a.m. for the B.A. graduates and their families in the Dance Studio, and for the A.A. graduates and their families in the Dining Hall.
10:00 a.m.: Students and faculty report to classroom buildings to robe. A Bagpiper and longtime friend of the College, Brian Hopewell, will lead the procession to the tent.
11:00 a.m.: Commencement exercises begin with remarks by Emily H. Fisher, Chair of the Board of Overseers, and from Provost Mary Marcy. Alumna Christa Brelsford ’01 will address the assembled graduates as the featured commencement speaker. A.A. and B.A. Class Representatives will also speak. Academic prizes will be awarded by faculty. Students will present the Dr. John A. Glover Award, the Ruth B. Ide “Good Sport” Award, and the Richard C. Drumm, Sr. Award – all honoring members of the College community for whom the graduates have selected. President Leon Botstein will give the traditional Charge to the Graduates before the degrees are conferred.
A new alumni reception will conclude the day.