Thursday, April 5, 2018

Caps n'Gowns! Tix info!

Seniors! To those of you who signed up to participate in Commencement, a big thank you! Also, news items:

1) Caps and gowns arrived to the Columbia bookstore today. Caps and gowns are FREE of charge to Barnard students. Starting next week, you can go to the Columbia bookstore with your Barnard ID and request regalia. Currently, the bookstore is asking that you start coming on Wednesday; however, if you need your regalia sooner, try going there and speaking with their representatives. REMEMBER: YOU NEED YOUR BARNARD ID, and YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY $.

2) Tickets to Barnard Commencement will be available only at Rehearsal, which is scheduled for May 14th. Please watch your emails and this blog for updates on time frame.

3) Tickets to Columbia Commencement will be available soon; we don't have the exact date, but I will update the blog as soon as I hear.

ALL TICKET QUESTIONS SHOULD GO TO AMOY ANSELL, Dean Hinkson's executive assistant. Email:

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Signing up for Commencement: A Comment

Hello Seniors! As the deadline to sign up for Commencement approaches, I've been getting some emails about whether or not the signup has gone through. We've noticed in the Registrar's Office that some of your forms have gone through -- while some others haven't. If you aren't sure, we can check, but it might take a while. In the meantime, if you received an email saying you haven't signed up, we suggest trying again but using either CHROME or FIREFOX.

Safari doesn't work.

Also, if the form went through, you should see a brief confirmation statement. It won't be a "THANK YOU!" but it will say the form went through.

Remember: May grads fill out the form on myBarnard, Feb/Oct grads received a separate email from me.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS: March 30 is the deadline to sign up for Commencement!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Be a Student Speaker at Commencement

Be on of two selected speakers at Commencement!

One of these two could be YOU!

One, the Academic Reflections Speaker, focuses on the academic experience at Barnard; they can speak about any number of meaningful experiences, such as a project or thesis, a great course taken, a transformative relationship with an adviser or professor, a book that was important, or something similar.

The second speaker, the Senior Reflections Speaker, focuses on an aspect of the Barnard experience that was important to the Class's four years, tying personal experience to the larger, shared experiences of the Class. Speakers can, for example, discuss an event of campus,  local, or national importance, and how it impacted the class, or can reflect on a number of special campus events, traditions, or things that occurred over the past four years that was special to the Class of 2018.

Fill out the form below no later than April 3, 11:59pm:



The Senior Marshals' main function is to assist in the procession and attend Baccalaureate. The Committee will look for nominees who are, in one or more ways, outstanding members of the Barnard community and who have made exemplary contributions to the campus community.

The responsibilities of being a senior marshal include:
*attendance at required training session (to be scheduled)
*attendance at Commencement rehearsal (to be scheduled)
*attendance at Baccalaureate Service, which will take place on Sunday, May 13, at 9am, in St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia
*attendance at the Barnard commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 16.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be and remain in good standing (academic and disciplinary).

To apply, fill out the FORM below by April 3, 11:59pm.

Monday, March 12, 2018


Dear Seniors! I hope you are enjoying your spring break, whether you are working on your capstone project, your post-Barnard life, or your beach volleyball skills (if you are somewhere faraway and warm). I'm here in the (somewhat cold -- and did I mention another nor'easter is coming?) office at 105 Milbank Hall, and I am writing to let you know that you can now...


A few things to keep in mind:

a) You need to be eligible to graduate to participate in Commencement (if you are uncertain about your eligibility -- for example, you aren't sure if you completed 122 credits or finished all of your GER's or forgot to send us that one remaining AP score or transfer credit -- please reach out to me ASAP).

b) You cannot have participated in a prior Commencement (if you for some reason had the occasion to participate in an earlier ceremony, you cannot participate again).

c) Signing up for participation in Barnard's Commencement is a separate process from signing up for tickets to the University-wide Commencement (more info will be sent to you about that; you can also visit the Commencement website at:

TO INDICATE THAT YOU ARE ELIGIBLE AND WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN the Wednesday, May 16th Commencement at Radio City Hall, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM on the student portal. The form can be found under the WebAdvisor tab:

YOU MUST FILL OUT THE COMMENCEMENT INTAKE FORM by MARCH 30, or you will not be able to participate in Commencement or receive your diploma.

Questions? Email me, Dean Friedman at, or

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Walking with the Deans, tomorrow (2/14) at 12!

Scientists have been praising the benefits of walking for years -- it gets you outside, gets your heart pumping, and can be a social event, too! Please join your Class Deans and the Dean of the College (as well as a possible cameo walk-on by President Beilock!) tomorrow, Wednesday, February 14th, for our first WALK WITH THE DEANS! (Students with mobility issues are welcome -- we welcome you to join us and we can meet your needs and level of ability!)

Meet us at 12:00 outside the main gate (right outside Barnard Hall). If the weather is fair, we'll circle the campus, and if it's foul, we'll move inside Barnard Hall. Come for the exercise, come for the company, come for the chance to catch your Dean outside the office!

Wednesday, February 14th, 12:00, Main Gate, Barnard Hall -- see you then!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Beyond Barnard!

We're all excited about the launch of Beyond Barnard, announced last week by President Beilock.

Now, if you are in search of support -- on careers, student employment opportunities, competitive fellowships, internships, or applying to graduate programs (including master's or doctoral programs along with medical school, law school, and more) -- you can find it in one place.

To celebrate the integration of student resources, we're holding an open house here at our offices on the second floor of Elliott Hall. Please join us:
  • Tuesday, February 13, 1-3PM
  • Friday February 16, 1-3PM
We'll have snacks!

Come meet our staff, introduce yourself, and share your perspectives and recommendations. We want to hear from you and learn about how we can support you, no matter where you're interested in heading beyond the Barnard gates.

In the meantime, please feel free to send your questions to See you soon!

The Beyond Barnard Team

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Hello Seniors! If you still need 1 or 2 credits (see last week's post below), please contact ANYONE (literally anyone) in the Dean of Studies Office, and they can send you the link to the late-add petition (call our office at 212-854-2024 and ask for the link to the petition, as well as the password).

As to the Rumor You Heard about credits:

The RUMOR MILL at Barnard has been whispering that seniors don't necessarily need 12 credits. THE COLLEGE POLICY is that all students need to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits for 8 semesters. (After 8 semesters -- that means if this is your 9th semester -- a student can take below 12). I know that most of you are actually in your 7th or 8th semester, and thus you all need to take 12 credits. It's okay to graduate with more credits that the usual 122, so even if you "only need x" to graduate, you still need to take 12. No exceptions.

Another Rumor Says that it's hard to make an appointment with the Senior Class Dean (Dean Friedman). Her calendar does fill up quickly, but don't be deterred -- call the Dean of Studies Office at 212-854-2024 to schedule an appointment. Also, if Dean Friedman can't see you in a timely fashion, any Class Dean in the office can probably help you, even with Degree Audits, etc. Everyone in the DoS office is ready to help!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Seniors! Need an extra credit or two?

NNEED an extra credit or two? Here are some ways you might find one.

Reminder: we recommend that you enroll in an average of 15 credits each semester

  1. To be on track for on-time graduation having completed 122 credits in 8 semesters (15.25 x 8 = 122).
  2. To keep some flexibility in case something goes badly awry during the semester.  All students must complete a minimum of 12 credits every semester, so if you're in 15 credits, you can drop something if you have to without falling below the minimum.


If you're having trouble getting up to 15 and are looking for a 1-2-credit course to add during the next add/drop window or later, here are some options and tips.  Know of something that's not on here?  Email, and we'll add it!

1-2 credit course options:

1.  Fulfill your PE requirement if you haven't yet -- register (or waitlist if need be) online and be sure to attend the first class meeting.  You may earn one additional PE credit beyond the requirement if there is room in a PE class and you want to take a second one.  PE courses will initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits and will then be transformed to 1 credit (if you are eligible) after the final registration deadline.  

2.  Take a dance class
Dance classes will will initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits and will then be transformed to 1 credit (if you are eligible) after the final program filing deadline.  

3.  Depending on your background and interests, below are some popular ways to enrich your academic experience while also adding a credit or two.  Some may be full, but you may be able to join a waiting list.  Be sure to check course descriptions for prerequisites or special registration procedures!

4.  Search the Barnard catalogue by number of credits -- try searching for courses between 0 and 2 credits.  You'll have to scroll through a lot of things that may not help you, like labs for courses you're not taking, or supervised senior research if you're a first-year, but this will give you the most comprehensive listing -- make sure anything you're interested in is offered in the current semester:

5. You can also search the Columbia directory for current-semester courses that contain the keyword "Points: 1" or "Points: 2" (single space between the colon and the number; same caveats as above, plus be sure the course you're looking for is appropriate for undergrads and allows Barnard students):

Monday, January 29, 2018

Barnard Commencement Details

The 2018 Barnard College Commencement Ceremony
will take place on 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Radio City Music Hall
4:00 pm

Transportation is provided for students between campus and Radio City Music Hall.  
Timing and Pick Up locations will be announced later in the spring.  

Please note, this is the same day as the University Commencement, which will take place on the Great Lawn at 10:30 am.

Please find additional details and updates on:

Please check the Senior Class Blog for updates in the next few weeks regarding:  
confirming May, 2018 Graduation
Desired Diploma Name
Ceremony Tickets/RSVP