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Commencement 2014

Bard College at Simon’s Rock will hold its 45th Commencement on Monday, May 26, 2014. We look forward to welcoming friends and family of the graduating AA and BA classes. Come join us as we celebrate the many accomplishments of this year’s graduates.

Be sure to book accommodations early as they fill quickly.

Forty-fifth Annual Commencement Activities


Thursday, May 22, 2014

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


A.A. Reception


Daniel Arts Center Lobby (students/faculty)


6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


B.A. Candlelight Dinner


Beckerman Dance Studio, Daniel Arts Center (students/faculty)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Reading of Senior Thesis Highlights by Provost Laipson


McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Picnic for the AA and BA candidates and their families

Blodgett Circle

Monday, May 26, 2014

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.


Continental breakfast for the BA graduates and their families


Beckerman Dance Studio, Daniel Arts Center

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Continental breakfast for the AA graduates and their families

Dining Hall

10:00 a.m.

Graduates robing

Classroom 14 for BA graduates
Classrooms 11 & 12 for AA graduates

10:00 a.m.

Faculty robing

Hall College Center

10:15 a.m.

Board members robing

Meet at Blodgett Hall

10:45 a.m.

Line up for processional


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

reception to follow

Blodgett lawn

Nina Perales 2014 Commencement Speaker: Nina Perales
Nina Perales is Vice President of Litigation for MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. In that role, Perales supervises the legal staff and litigation docket in MALDEF’s offices throughout the United States. Perales is best known for her work in voting rights, including redistricting and vote dilution cases. Her litigation has included successful statewide redistricting cases in Texas and Arizona as well as LULAC v. Perry, the Latino challenge to Texas 2003 congressional redistricting, which she led through trial and argued successfully in the U.S. Supreme Court. She also specializes in immigrants’ rights litigation, including leading cases striking down anti-immigrant laws in Farmers Branch, Texas and recovering civil damages from violent vigilantes.

Perales earned an Associate of Arts degree from Simon’s Rock Early College, a Bachelor's degree from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

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