Bard Graduate Center has a lively and very active network for its alums. There are chapters in New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington / Philadelphia, and London. In the spring we will add a chapter on the west coast. Each of the chapters have one or two events a year. In addition, in New York City, alums are offered a range of activities and workshops.

In fall of 2016 this included Alumni at Work sessions; career conversations with a panel of alums who work for both Auction Houses and Appraisers, and an Alum Book Night, which was a conversation with two alums who had just published books. In addition, alums were offered career-enriching workshops on learning digital tools—such as Wordpress, run out of our Digital Media Lab, and our Library offered sessions on doing Archival Research, and on Advanced Research Techniques. These are all part of our Career Development initiatives. Spring will bring us more workshops and we will also host our annual spring Alumni Spotlight Lecture, featuring a guest talk by one of our alums. A full list of alumni events is sent to all alumni at the beginning of each semester.

Alumni Spotlights
Read about our alumni and the contributions they are making beyond the classroom in the spotlights below:
Career Development

Academic Programs offers workshops and individual meetings with students and alums as they plan their career paths. Alums and current second year students receive regular listings of job notices across the country, there are sessions for writing and updating a CV, as well as sessions, one-on-one, to talk through various strategies for finding a job.

The BGC Alumni network has also been enormously helpful and its members have often served as mentors for those students about to graduate. There is now also a wide range of events at the BGC and in our chapters, aimed at bringing alums together to meet, network, and stay connected. There are career panels, a series called “Alumni at Work” which interviews alums in their office environments, an alumni spotlight series that you can read on this page, and regularly scheduled brush-up and new skills workshops about new technologies and advanced research skills.

Alumni Chapters
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There are now multiple active alum chapters of Bard Graduate Center: Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia/Washington, DC, London, and as of March 2017, Los Angeles.

Chicago: The Chicago group, the first chapter to be founded, has had informal coffee sessions, a walkthrough at the Art Institute of Chicago, a dinner, and an evening of performance at the Mies van der Rohe Chapel at the University of Illinois. The next event in Chicago is March 30th, when alum Sarah Morris Rogers hosts a small gathering for faculty and alums gathering in Chicago for the Renaissance Society of America conference.

Boston: The Boston group has been particularly active – events have included walkthroughs at the Museum of Fine Arts, dinners, a study day at the Harvard Art Museums Study Center, as well as hosting an Open House for potential students at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Philadelphia/DC: Philadelphia area alums have met for brunch in Philadelphia, and in Washington, at the Textile Museum of George Washington University, where alum (and curator) Lee Talbot led us on a tour.

London: On December 14th, members of the London Alum Chapter met for a launch event at the beautiful offices of Blairman & Co. as guests of Mr. Martin Levy, Director of Blairman, and good friend of Bard Graduate Center. A train strike prevented several alums from attending, but it was a lovely evening, and the group looks forward to its next official event in late fall, 2017.

Los Angeles: We are in the planning stages for a launch event in LA for March 8, 2017. More information will be available soon.

Ahead, in fall of 2017, we will launch a new chapter in San Francisco, and in Texas. Watch this space for more information.

Alumni Events

Bard Graduate Center sponsors a wide range of opportunities for alums to stay connected – both here in New York City and in our regional chapters. These events are open to alums, current BGC students, and BGC faculty and staff.

Recent NewYork-based events are below:

Spring 2017

Fall 2016