Haley Dionne of East Falmouth, MA, recently graduated cum laude from Bard College at Simon's Rock with a Bachelor of Arts degreein Contemporary Critical Theory and Literary Studies.
Dionne was one of 140 students to graduate from the nation's first early college on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Thirty-eight undergraduates received their B.A. degrees and 102 students received their A.A. degrees.
White House reporter, CNN political analyst, and author April Ryan addressed graduates at the 2018 Bard College at Simon's Rock commencement ceremony. Ryan advised students to never stop asking questions. "Don't ever think that your voice, that your experiences, are not enough," remarked Ryan. Watch the ceremony and speech.
Bard College at Simon's Rock: The Early College, founded in 1966 and nestled in the bucolic Berkshires, is the only college in the country specifically designed for bright, highly motivated students ready to enter college early, usually after the 10th or 11th grade. As part of the Bard network, Simon's Rock has access to a global consortium of institutions--including numerous civic, scientific, and art organizations. Simon's Rock offers a challenging program in the liberal arts and sciences, taught exclusively in small seminars by a supportive, highly trained faculty. The College grants degrees in more than 35 majors. The Princeton Review's Best 380 Colleges rates academics at Simon's Rock higher than Harvard and Princeton. For more information visit www.simons-rock.edu.