Monday, May 10, 2021

New & Different Procedure Alert: Online form needed to drop a Summer Class -- deadline = May 17 for Summer A



***NEW Process and imminent deadline***

If you're trying to drop a class via Student Planning and can't that's because the procedure to drop a summer class is the same as the one used for withdrawals during the 2020-2021 academic year.

To drop a class on or before the deadline (Monday May 17 for Summer A, Tuesday June 1 for a full-term summer course, Monday July 12 for Summer B)

To drop a summer class, use this new online form, following these steps:

1. Consult with your adviser or class dean.

2. Get an email from your adviser or class dean confirming they approve you to drop this specific class.

3. Download that email as a PDF.

4. Complete and submit the online drop form, uploading your adviser/dean’s confirmation email when prompted to do so.

5. You will receive an email confirmation once your request is processed, ordinarily within two business days. 

If you miss the drop deadline, you may still withdraw from a class with a W on or before the W deadlines listed in the academic calendar, using this same procedure but the W form.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

REPOST: Senior FAQ: Can I uncover a grade of P from spring 2021 if I am enrolled in summer 2021?


As you may know, seniors cannot uncover grades of P earned in your final semester at Barnard; if you did not know, you do now, and please tell a friend -- we don't want anyone to be surprised by this info!

Many of you have asked what this means for seniors who are taking summer 2021 classes.  Updated info is now on the  Grades & Exams website, in the FAQ about "Uncovering an elected P grade" under Pass/D/Fail Option

Q: Can seniors are taking Summer 2021 classes uncover grades of P from Spring 2021?

A:  For seniors who will graduate in June 2021 or October 2021, spring 2021 PDF grades can only be uncovered if the student is enrolled in 12 or more credits during the summer 2021 semester.  (In this case, the summer 2021 semester -- rather than spring 2021 -- is the student's final full-time semester.)  

To request this option, June and October graduates should email the registrar's office at between June 7 and 18, 2021 (they will not be able to uncover spring grades using the regular p/d/f tool online) to uncover the grade. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Taking Computer Science this summer? The Barnard Computer Science Help Room is HERE for you

Barnard's Computer Science Help Room is open for the Summer 2021 semester. Students in introductory and intermediate courses in computer science can receive one-on-one tutoring through Barnard’s Computer Science Help Room. Tutoring sessions will be facilitated online via Zoom. The "waiting room" function within Zoom will be used to ensure that students being helped are not interrupted by new students joining.  

Barnard's Computer Science Help Room Schedule

Tuesday: 5pm-7pm
Friday: 8am-10am, 3pm-5pm 

The above schedule is in Eastern Time

You can access the Zoom Computer Science Help Room via the link below.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Did you or someone you love miss one of the Commencement ceremonies? Watch them online!

We hope you and your loved ones were all able to attend many of the events celebrating your graduation last week.

In case you were unable to join or would like to share with family and friends, the recordings of both Barnard Commencement and University Commencement can be found here. You can watch the Baccalaureate Service here.


In addition, below please find recordings of the speaking programs from the academic receptions held on campus earlier this week. Each reception featured congratulatory remarks from the President, Provost, or Dean of the College, a Class Dean, and faculty representatives from each department or program being celebrated, as well as special recognition of the students in each major.




Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (linked here)

Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environment & Sustainability, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, and Physics


Monday, April 26, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. (linked here)

Anthropology, Education, Sociology, and Urban Studies


Monday, April 26, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (linked here)

Medicine, Literature & Society, Neuroscience & Behavior, and Psychology


Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. (linked here)

Economic & Social History, Economics, Economics & Math, and Economics–Statistics


Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. (linked here)

Africana Studies, American Studies Human Rights, Interdisciplinary Concentration on Race and Ethnicity (ICORE), and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies


Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. (linked here)

Comparative Literature, English, Film Studies, French, Italian, Jewish Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Religion, Russian Regional Studies, and Spanish & Latin American Cultures


Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (linked here)

Architecture, Art History, Art History (Visual Arts), Asian & Middle Eastern Cultures, Dance, History & Theory of Architecture, Music, Music (Ethnomusicology), and Theatre


Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. (linked here)

Ancient Studies, Classics, History, Linguistics, and Philosophy


Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (linked here)

Information Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematics–Statistics, Political Science, and Statistics

Continuing through Summer Semester: Senior Class Dean / College Case Manager Walk-In Hours: Virtual Edition

Got a quick question?

Need to talk to a dean ASAP?

If you have something complicated or want to be sure you can talk at length, please make an appointment via Dean Grabiner's online scheduler.

Otherwise, feel free to (virtually) walk in any Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon during the semester!

Tuesdays* 9:30-10:30 AM Eastern Time

*canceled June 15

Thursdays* 3-4 PM Eastern Time

*canceled June 10 and 17

Free nighttime VIA ride share for summer students on or near campus


Barnard has joined Columbia University in offering the Via ride share service using an on-demand app-based system. This service is available to current Barnard students during the evening hours (4pm-4am). This point-to-point service is limited shared ride within a geo-fenced area of the Morningside and Manhattanville area and may be especially helpful for students living on or close to campus. In keeping with health and safety guidance, the service has transitioned to the shared ride model that was intended at its outset. A maximum of 3 passengers will be allowed in the 6-passenger vehicle at one time to make distancing possible. This image shows the mandatory seating allocation within the vehicle, allowing for empty seats between riders. All riders and drivers must continue to wear face coverings when in the vehicle, regardless of where you are seated.
Via drivers have the right to refuse service to a rider who is not wearing a face covering.

Using the Via app is the easiest and most effective way to coordinate a ride, but if you cannot use the Via app, you can also call for a ride. Whether you use the Via app or call, you will need to first get a promo code before you request your first ride. Service operates free of charge to students from 4pm-4am.  Outside of these evening hours, VIA offers a discount on private rides, using the same app.

Barnard Community Safety operates a vehicle between Barnard buildings for business purposes and for scheduled needs between Barnard buildings.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Check your email for Commencement Details and Blue Carpet Pre-Show Link

You should have received the email below from Dean Grinage this afternoon:

Barnard College

Dear Graduates,


Here we are, just a couple of days away from our Class of 2021 Commencement ceremonies. I hope those of you who are close to campus have joined the academic receptions — I loved seeing so many of you these last few days! I want to remind you of the activities that await us in the coming two days.


In the half hour leading up to Barnard Commencement on Thursday evening, I hope you’ll join Emy Cardoza, Associate Dean for Student Life, and Rebecca Grabiner, Senior Class Dean, as they take you live backstage for our “Blue Carpet” Barnard Commencement Pre-Show. It will start at 5:30 p.m. EDT via [the exclusive graduates-only zoom link in the email version of this message in your inbox].


You may be familiar with red carpet events that happen during many televised ceremonies. Our Blue Carpet event will take you live on campus inside the Minor Latham Playhouse as you gather with your Class of 2021 classmates before Commencement officially begins. This event is just for our graduates, and the above Zoom link will be your exclusive virtual backstage pass to the Blue Carpet and where you can remain at 6 p.m. to experience Commencement in the virtual company of your classmates.


Barnard Commencement includes the presentation of degree candidates, when each Barnard graduate is recognized individually; the announcement of two student awards; and remarks from President Beilock, Christiane Amanpour, and student speakers. Family, friends, and other guests may access the live stream on the Barnard Commencement webpage. Attendees do not need to register or create an account to view the ceremony.


On Friday, April 30 at 10:30 a.m. EDT, Columbia University Commencement will take place virtually. At this event, the University President officially confers degrees to graduates of all 18 schools affiliated with the University. You may access the live stream on the University Commencement webpage. Attendees do not need to register or create an account to view the ceremony.


Congratulations again and I hope you are enjoying Commencement week. If you have any questions, please email



Leslie Grinage

Dean of the College

Barnard College

3009 Broadway, New York, NY

REPOST: Senior FAQ: when do I graduate, and can I participate in the spring Commencement ceremony?

Many of you are asking about who is eligible to participate in the spring Commencement ceremony and what this means about your graduation date.

Some helpful info and distinctions:
a.k.a. Degree Conferral
is when you stop being a Barnard student and start being a Barnard graduate or alumna. 

What makes this happen? 
You graduate when you have satisfactorily completed all your major, minor (if applicable), and general education requirements, and have also satisfactorily completed 122 credits (121 for transfer students).* *This 2020-2021 year only, you may enroll in summer classes even if you have completed all requirements, which will postpone your official graduation date -- you cannot of course graduate if you are still taking classes.

When does this happen?
  • If you complete your requirements and take your last classes in the fall semester, you will graduate and your degree will be conferred in February.
  • If you complete your requirements and take your last classes in the spring semester, you will graduate and your degree will be conferred in May
  • If you complete your requirements and take your last classes in the Summer A subterm, you will graduate and your degree will be conferred in June.
  • If you complete your requirements and take your last classes in the Summer B subterm, you will graduate and your degree will be conferred in October.

How will I know this has happened?

  • 6-8 few weeks after you complete all requirements, your diploma will be mailed to you, and it will reflect this date (in Latin).
  • A few weeks after you complete all requirements, your Barnard transcript will have this notation added at the top right: "DEGREE BACHELOR OF ARTS, [DATE]"

Commencement is the ceremony where students wear gowns, walk across a stage (if in person), listen to distinguished speakers, etc. As a Barnard senior, you will be invited to participate in both the Barnard College Commencement and the Columbia University Commencement, as well as many other ceremonial and celebratory events that will take place around that season.

When does this happen?

Who can participate in April 2021 Commencement ceremony?
  • Students who complete their requirements in Fall 2020
  • Students who complete their requirements in Spring 2021
  • Students who will be taking classes (whether required or extra) in summer 2021

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

For on-campus or local students: opportunities for senior photos at Columbia "Grad Walk"


Class of 2021! Strike a pose, get photographed, access selfie stations, and receive fun giveaways at the Morningside campus Grad Walk. Wear your regalia (not required!) and come ready for a professional photoshoot on Butler Lawn. Keep our campus safe and open. Follow the Columbia Health Compact. Show your ID and green pass/screen upon arrival. Masks and social distancing required.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Be FAMOUS in Commencement slideshow & on College's social media


Class of 2021: We invite you to share your favorite photos from your four years at Barnard. Email them to to be featured in a Commencement slideshow and on the College’s social media!

Photos taken on your phone are fine -- horizontal better than vertical if possible