Bard College Berlin's Commencement 2019On May 18, 2019 the students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends of Bard College Berlin celebrated the conclusion of the academic year 2018-2019.
The ceremony was held at the Ballhaus Pankow, which also served as the venue for the 2014, 2017 and 2018 Commencement. The Ballhaus was built during the Belle Époque (1880) as a recreation & ball structure and is nowadays considered a historical monument.
The Commencement address was delivered by lawyer, civic leader, and human rights advocate Kimberly Marteau Emerson. From 2013 to 2017, Kimberly lived in Berlin with her husband, U.S. Ambassador to Germany John B. Emerson (ret.). Here, she worked both with the Embassy and independently to drive projects on multiple platforms, including the promotion of German immigration and integration efforts related to the 2015-2016 refugee “crisis" and addressing the issue of bringing women to the economic and political decision-making table. She now divides her time between Los Angeles and Berlin. She serves on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch, the Advisory Board of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Kimberly holds degrees from UCLA (B.A.), UC Hastings College of the Law (J.D.) and l’Université de Droit d’Aix-Marseille (D.E.S.U.).
The charge to the graduates was delivered by molecular biologist, essayist, civil rights campaigner, and chairman of the BCB Board of Governors Jens Reich.
Bard College Berlin’s eighth graduating BA cohort consists of 50 students from 28 countries, including Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Georgia, India, Israel, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Turkey, and the USA.
The faculty and staff congratulate the Class of 2019 for their achievements!