A Day to Celebrate

Barnard's 126th Commencement honors the Class of 2018 and women leaders


Leaders who have shaped the fields of sports, mathematics and computer science, climate justice, and literature celebrated with the Class of 2018 at Barnard’s 126th Commencement on May 16. The ceremony at Radio City Music Hall included a keynote address by soccer champion Abby Wambach, an activist for pay equity and LGBTQ rights. Her speech was wildly popular among Barnard’s 619 graduates, their family and friends, and the College’s faculty, trustees, and staff, and garnered coverage in The New York Times, Time, Good Morning America, and National Public Radio, among other news outlets. Wambach received Barnard’s medal of distinction, as did acclaimed mathematician and computer scientist Katherine Johnson; Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) President Rhea Suh ’92; and author, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, and Barnard board chair emerita Anna Quindlen ’74. •

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