In September, Barnard students, faculty, staff, and alumnae officially began the 2015–16 academic year with Convocation at Riverside Church, a service once reserved for anniversary celebrations, but with this year, an annual tradition. Keynote speaker Dara Richardson-Heron ’85, CEO of the YWCA/USA, spoke to her transformative Barnard experience, saying, “It is still the best college in the world.” She echoed President Debora Spar’s words that the College is a place where “young women can define themselves unencumbered by societal expectations.” •

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