Big Move For Barnard Commencement

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In an email sent out to Barnard students, DSpar announced that this year’s commencement, on May 19, will be held at Radio City Music Hall as opposed Columbia’s campus, where it typically happens.  The short email explained that there will be a Baccalaureate Service at St. Paul’s Chapel and academic receptions at Barnard.  There will be bus service for grads and faculty to Radio City later in the day.  Graduates will be able to have up to six guests in this bigger venue.

Full email below

Dear Barnard Seniors and the Barnard Community,

We are delighted to announce that Barnard’s 2013 Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 19th at 4pm at Radio City Music Hall. Since its opening in 1932, Radio City has been both a national landmark and a New York City treasure and, after a comprehensive search, proved to be the optimal venue for this milestone celebration. It will comfortably accommodate our seniors, six guests per graduate, faculty, staff, and distinguished guests.

Our day of celebration on May 19th will begin with the Baccalaureate Service at 9:30am in St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University, and our academic departmental receptions will follow at 1pm on Barnard’s campus. Bus transportation to Radio City Music Hall will be provided for all graduates and faculty, departing from Barnard at 3pm.   

Many more details are forthcoming and will be available at in the new year. In consideration of the many families that need to arrange work schedules, airline tickets, hotels and the like, we wanted to share this information with you as soon as possible. Please mark your calendars now. It is certain to be an extraordinary day.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday.

Most sincerely,  

President Spar

Dean Hinkson

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  1. JN- CC  

    maybe they need to use it because of increased security for whoever is speaking. who knows, it might be someone really important... like the President or something!

    oh, wait...

  2. Anonymous

    I think it is the result of Obamanard. At some point Barnard has to stop using Columbia's facilities for all of their events. Barnard should hold their graduation and festivities on their campus.

  3. barnard...  

    using money wisely since never

  4. BC '13  

    A little disappointed that this isn't on or closer to campus :( I wanted a ceremony in a place I felt a connection to, and I have no connection to this venue. Many mixed feelings...

  5. CC 13'  

    wait, how many guests do we get?

  6. Dixon Cox

    All of you need to suck Dixon Cox.

  7. But

    why? Of all the places they could have booked, why Radio City?

  8. Anonymous

    It costs $75,000 to rent out Radio City for a day (compared to very little at Grant's Tomb, and presumably nothing at Columbia). barnard is sending a mixed message about its finances that is tasteless, and offensive to all the kids who have suffered—forced to pay for a meal plan, forced to more expensive off-campus housing despite contracts, entrapped into going full-time as a last-semester senior—because of Barnard's belt-tightening.

  9. Anonymous  

    i think they actually do have to pay columbia something.

  10. Anonymous

    At least there will be room now for Obama to come back.

  11. umm

    Where does it say anything about having up to six guests, Bwog? The six-guest limit was a rule for Obamanard, but in past years students could request however many tickets they wanted. Now I'm confused. Also, LTP Barnard friends, please just request the max amount and give them to me, because 6 tickets doesn't even cover my IMMEDIATE family. damn.

  12. Sasha Fierce  


  13. Anonymous

    Last year, with Barnard's commencement taking place on South lawn and when Jill Abramson was the expected speaker, Barnard students were told that there would be no guest limit. Unless Barnard is planning to have a high profile speaker on par with the POTUS every year, or unless they received some massive discout, this is a supreme waste of money.

    They could have a lead on who will speak this year, and it could be someone that would warrant the venue change.

    I also wonder if there has been some sort of administrative battle between the college for use and payment for South Lawn.

    In any case, it seems silly to state that the change of venue is to accommodate the size of the event, when before the Obama announcement there wasn't even a guest limit.

  14. sick  

    ill be there i love them rockettes

  15. Columbia Student  

    I was thinking the Gentleman's Club instead....more appropriate for their academic standards.

  16. Do you  

    get off making other people feel like shit?

  17. Barnard 2014  

    All I want for Christmas is to come back to a campus where everyone feels they are safe and loved.

    Peace and joy, ya'll.

  18. Anonymau5

    Stop the Barnard hate insecure losers. People who hate on Barnard hate on awesomeness.
    Grow the fuck up.

  19. anonymous

    Great. We went from the President of the United States on our magnificent campus to a tourist trap.
    Radio City is the commencement venue of choice for Community Colleges and VoTech HSs.
    It's wonderful that they could squeeze us in. We're in great company!

  20. Anonymous

    @anonymous: lol you all hate when columbia students are condescending towards barnard, but then you are condescending towards community colleges etc. WAHHHH

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