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Bard College at Simon’s Rock Celebrates 45th Anniversary


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Karen Anderson
Bard College at Simon's Rock

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock welcomed its inaugural class forty-five years ago. The small experimental college opened its doors at 84 Alford Road to high school women ready to start college early.

Anniversary Dinner Dance - Blodgett Lawn

Over the Memorial Day weekend, more than 300 alumni from the first graduating class to recent graduates returned to Simon’s Rock to celebrate the milestone and reconnect with friends, faculty, and kindred spirits.

The weekend program gave attendees an opportunity to revisit the classroom, examine the archival exhibit, view founder Elizabeth Blodgett Hall’s scrapbooks, and explore the campus. An anniversary dinner dance under the tent on Blodgett lawn Saturday marked the milestone in style.

Since those first days with an entering class of 56 women, a single dorm, and a campus still under construction, the college has grown to a four-year institution that grants both an associates in arts and a bachelor of arts degree. Today, the Great Barrington campus is home to over 400 undergraduates who start college early and typically graduate one or two years ahead of their peers.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock has been a leader in educational innovation for 45 years. The first early college, Simon’s Rock is the only residential college in the country specifically designed to let bright, highly motivated students start college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree after four.