Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Some things to remember as you plan for...

...your final spring semester at College!

Policies regarding graduation and Commencement

Students at Barnard can graduate (i.e., receive their diplomas) at three different points in the academic year: May, October, or February. Commencement, however, is a ceremony that takes place once a year, in May, at the close of an academic year. For example, this year's Senior class will participate in Commencement exercises in May 2017.
In order to graduate (i.e., receive your diploma) from Barnard, you need to have completed 122 credits (121 for transfer students), all of your major (or major and minor, or double major) requirements, and all of your General Education Requirements.  In order to participate in Commencement exercises in May of the academic year, a student will have to have completed the above requirements by May of her senior year.
Students who are receiving diplomas in October 2016 and February 2017 are eligible to participate in May 2017 Commencement. Any current senior who will not have completed 122 credits or required coursework will not be eligible to participate in May 2017. Those who finish coursework in October 2017 or February 2018 will be eligible to participate in Commencement ceremonies in May 2018.
Students can only participate in Commencement ceremonies once; if a student has participted in a prior Commencement ceremony, she cannot do so again.
Students who have questions about their credit standing, degree conferral, or other graduation processes should make an appointment to speak with Natalie Friedman, Dean of Studies and Adviser to the Senior Class. 
Please check the Commencement website for updates throughout the academic year. The Commencement date, location and speaker are not typically announced until early March. The number of tickets available to students is dependent upon the location, and thus is subject to change every year. Announcements about tickets will be made via email in the spring.

Policies Regarding Majors

Seniors should be focusing, during their final year, on their capstone projects and upper-level coursework in their major(s). The senior year, particularly the final semester, is a time for academic growth and deepening of knowledge in a selected field of inquiry. Therefore, seniors cannot request a change of major in their final semester of College. They also should not submit a declaration of second major in their final semester. Seniors who think they may be close to completing a second major must declare in the fall of senior year.
Students seeking to make changes to a special or combined major must appeal to the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing. Seniors cannot declare a Special or Combined major in their senior year. Seniors who think they may be close to completing a second major must declare it prior to the start of classes of their last semester senior year.
Questions? Please contact the Dean of Studies Office or the Registrar.

Information about credits

All students at Barnard must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits per semester. Only those students who have completed 8 semesters at Barnard are eligible to take fewer than 12 credits. Seniors are not exempt from this federally mandated policy. 

Information about Senior Marshals and Commencement Speakers

In order to enjoy the honor and privilege of being a Senior Marshal or one of the student speakers at Commencement, seniors must be in good academic and conduct standing. Applications for Senior Marshal and the various speakers will be available in the late spring. Dean Friedman will send out information during the spring semester.
If you have questions about your academic or conduct standing, contact Dean Friedman or Dean for Equity, Conduct, and Title IX.

Advanced Search Function in Student Planning

Introducing "Advanced Search" to myBarnard/Student Planning (reprinted, with permission, from the First-Year Blog)

If you logged into myBarnard/Student Planning, you may notice a slightly different look. Changes are largely cosmetic and should not affect your experience of advising, planning, or registering for Spring 2017.  But check out one new feature:  Advanced Search, useful if you want to search for courses by one or many of the following:
  • Semester
  • General Education requirement
  • Day of the week
  • Time of day
  • Instructor
  • Department
  • Course number
  • Section number
How does Advanced Search work?
To access the Course Catalog in Student Planning, click on the Student Planning tab on the top left of the screen. From the drop-down menu, click on Course Catalog.
From there, you’ll be taken to a list of departments and subjects.

Click on Advanced Search to access filters for semester, subjects, what days the course is on, time of day, and course type (course type refers to the Foundations or Nine Ways of Knowing requirement a course fulfills).

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hey Barnard students! 
Planing on spending Thanksgiving in NYC? 

Why not have Thanksgiving Dinner with a Barnard Alum? If this opportunity interests you, then you should definitely participate in SGA & Alumnae Relations' annual Student-Alum Thanksgiving Program!

Please fill out this Google form (tinyurl.com/BCThanksgiving17) between Monday, October 23rd and Monday, November 6th to secure yourself a spot. Questions? Contact SGA's Vice-President of Campus Life, Aku Acquaye, at aaa2299@barnard.edu

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's Time for an Audit!

Seniors, it's never too early to Audit your Transcript to ensure you are on track to graduate! 

 Have questions?  

Make an appointment with your advisor,
Dean Friedman, or Dean Youngblood Giles.  

Don't wait until April to realize you have one more 
9 Ways of Knowing to fulfill. 

Friday, September 15, 2017


Today is the Day!  Registration and Adviser Approval for your course schedule is needed by TONIGHT at 9:45 pm 

Your adviser must approve your course schedule by clicking "Review Complete" in myBarnard/Student Planning.

 If you need to add a course after today, you must petition the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing.  

Are you on track to complete 122 points?  Need some additional 1-2 point options:

 Search the Barnard catalogue by number of credits -- try searching for courses between 0 and 2 credits.  Make sure anything you're interested in is offered in the current semester.
You can also search the Columbia directory for current-semester courses that contain the keyword "Points: 1" or "Points: 2"

Monday, September 11, 2017

Convocation at Barnard: TUESDAY, September 12 @ 4:00 pm

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

It's Convocation Time!  

 It's your turn to lead the processional for the opening Convocation as SENIORS!!!!!

Seniors are organizing outside of Riverside Church at 4:00 pm.  Please remember to wear your Yellow Barnard Class T-Shirts. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Welcome back Seniors! Now don't forget ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION

You once knew it as "Registration..."

But today, it is called...ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION

And the deadline is...TOMORROW!

Please visit the myBarnard portal to confirm your enrollment (students who do not do so by tomorrow evening may incur fines).

If you have a hold, please make an appointment with Dean Nikki Youngblood Giles or Dean Friedman by calling 212-854-2024.