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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Named Commencement Speaker at Bard College at Simon's Rock


March 25, 2013

Contact: Karen Anderson
Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Named Commencement Speaker at Bard College at Simon’s Rock

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, will address graduates at the 44th commencement ceremony of Bard College at Simon’s Rock on Saturday, May 18, at 11:00 a.m.

Ben S. BernankeDr. Bernanke first began serving the Federal Reserve System as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia, Boston, and New York from the late-80s to the mid-90s, before serving on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2002 to 2005. He began his second term as Chairman in 2010.

A published author with several scholarly books and numerous articles to his name, Bernanke has strong ties to education and to Simon’s Rock. He has held named professorships and chaired the economics department at Princeton University, taught at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and served as Visiting Professor of Economics at both New York University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bernanke is the father of a Simon’s Rock alumnus, father-in-law of an alumna, and husband of a member of the Board of Overseers. The College is honored to have Chairman Bernanke deliver the keynote address of 2013. Peter Laipson, Provost and Vice President of Bard College at Simon’s Rock said of Dr. Bernanke’s planned address, “We are extremely honored to have a statesman and scholar of Dr. Bernanke’s stature speaking to our graduates this spring. Dr. Bernanke’s passion for the early college mission and his unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities our graduates will encounter make him an outstanding choice to deliver our 44th Commencement address.”


About Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Bard College at Simon’s Rock, founded in 1966, is the only college in the country specifically designed for bright, highly motivated students ready to enter college early, usually after the 10th or 11th grade. Simon’s Rock offers a challenging program in the liberal arts and sciences, taught exclusively in small seminars by a supportive, highly-trained faculty. Degrees are granted in 41 concentrations. Simon’s Rock became part of the Bard College network in 1979.