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Celebrating BPI's 12th Commencement

Last month, 51 students received Bard degrees and Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, delivered the commencement address and received an honorary doctorate. Of those graduates completing bachelor's degrees, nearly half majored in math. Their Senior Projects range from the development of a new method for sifting prime numbers, to an application of game theory, to the health care market. This short film celebrates that ceremony, the generosity of Cardinal Dolan, and the accomplishments of those graduates.

10th Anniversary Film

A milestone was marked in 2011 as the Bard Prison Initiative celebrated its 10th year of providing meaningful higher education and opportunity to incarcerated men and women. To document a decade of student and alumni achievements in New York and through the national Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, BPI produced a twelve-minute film, made by filmmaker Frank duPont.

Max Kenner Was a Speaker at the EG Conference 2015

For the past nine years, the EG Conference has been the touchstone for innovators in just about every imaginable field.  "The people who attend EG are makes and does of extraordinary things.  They are breakers of boundaries and explorers of frontiers and busters of myths." 

This year, BPI's Executive Director, Max Kenner, was invited to be a presenter at this very unique and thought-provoking conference.

BPI Student Received His Degree at Bard's Commencement, Where Sherrilyn Ifill Was the Speaker

BPI Student Received His Degree at Bard's Commencement, Where Sherrilyn Ifill Was the Speaker

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., delivered a powerful commencement speech at Bard's 155th commencement on Saturday, May 23rd. In her remarks, she commended Bard for “reimagining what high school and college can look like for young people in some of our most challenged and under-resourced communities.” In her address she referred to BPI: “What can I say to you when the institution that has shaped you reaches into our prisons and recognizes the humanity, the intellectual potential, and the dignity of the incarcerated by offering the opportunity to earn a four-year Bard College degree.”

BPI student, Michael Cleland, who was recently released from prison, received his BA degree with his fellow Bard graduates. BPI alumni and their families joined in the celebration.