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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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  • Van Owen says:

    @Van Owen …what?

  • JN- CC says:

    @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…

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I heard that this year’s speaker is Santa Claus!

  • culture. says:

    @culture. rape culture

    1. Hey. You. says:

      @Hey. You. Stop that.

    2. Sherry J.Wolf ⚡⚡ says:

      @Sherry J.Wolf ⚡⚡ Check your privilege. That’s not how we roll here.

  • Anonymous says:

    @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.

    1. BC '15 says:

      @BC '15 …and where exactly on our campus do you propose that we do that?

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous maybe if y’all weren’t plus sized, you could fit in the quad. Or you could have it on a random corner under a street light as that seems to be where many of you are employed these days.

        1. CLASS says:

          @CLASS apparently this excessively insecure Columbia student has it!

        2. Student at Barnard says:

          @Student at Barnard Can you tell me what I did to make you hate me?

        3. What says:

          @What would possibly motivate you to say or think that?

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous It might be because of Obamanard, but I’m guessing it’s mostly because they didn’t have enough space to meet the excessive demand for guests. Somehow I doubt they shelled out tons of money to have graduation somewhere else because they were butthurt after some people were mean on the Internet.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous of course they didn’t have enough space… Barnard girls are getting fatter and fatter.

        1. CC14 says:

          @CC14 Hey, buddy–that track button is not your friend. And your trolling is really lame and really not cute.

    3. Barnard '13 says:

      @Barnard '13 Newsflash. Columbia doesn’t want Barnard to stop using its facilities because Barnard shells out a ton of cash every year for exactly this purpose. Columbia benefits from Barnard’s use of its facilities.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Newsflash… we are Columbia as we are the ones who pay tuition (A higher amount than you Barnard cows, yet you somehow get to take our classes) at Columbia. We don’t want you.

        1. you are an asshole says:

          @you are an asshole go fuck off to a different ivy

          1. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous Hey I’d be bitter too if I had low enough self esteem to take more dicks than a 1937 resident of Nanking.

    4. check your says:

      @check your privilege

  • barnard... says:

    @barnard... using money wisely since never

  • BC '13 says:

    @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…

  • CC 13' says:

    @CC 13' wait, how many guests do we get?

  • Dixon Cox says:

    @Dixon Cox All of you need to suck Dixon Cox.

  • But says:

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

    1. Well says:

      @Well Columbia did at some point own the land Rockefeller Center/Radio City Music Hall was built on. But that’s a stupid connection.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Columbia owned it. But this is Barnard, so technically the ownership is not related at all

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Yeah, why not Lincoln Center? At least it is on the west side, much closer, has parking, bigger venue.

  • Anonymous says:

    @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.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Not true. Barnard pays Columbia a significant amount to use South Lawn. In fact CU wants BC to use their facilities so they can charge BC for all the equipment that was already set up for all the other class days.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Well then perhaps a good investment (and less superfluous one than rebuilding the library) would be to find a way to start holding graduations on our campus.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous there is no space to hold commencement on campus now that the diana is there and it takes up more space. it used to be held on campus. if it were held on barnard’s lawn, there would be an even bigger uproar because students would only get like 2 or 3 tickets, rather than 6.

          1. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous see my above comment. close reading FTW

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous i think they actually do have to pay columbia something.

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • umm says:

    @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.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Kind of implied here:

      “It will comfortably accommodate our seniors, six guests per graduate, faculty, staff, and distinguished guests.”

  • Sasha Fierce says:


  • Anonymous says:

    @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.

  • sick says:

    @sick ill be there i love them rockettes

  • Columbia Student says:

    @Columbia Student I was thinking the Gentleman’s Club instead….more appropriate for their academic standards.

    1. BC '14 says:

      @BC '14 How incredibly bigoted and hateful

      1. anon says:

        @anon cry moar

  • Do you says:

    @Do you get off making other people feel like shit?

    1. Above comment says:

      @Above comment @Do you: @ “Columbia student”

  • Barnard 2014 says:

    @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.

  • Anonymau5 says:

    @Anonymau5 Stop the Barnard hate insecure losers. People who hate on Barnard hate on awesomeness.
    Grow the fuck up.

  • anonymous says:

    @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!

  • ewwwwwww says:

    @ewwwwwww midtown

  • ewwwwwww says:

    @ewwwwwww midtown :/

  • Anonymous says:

    @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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