The Class of 2021 — and the entire College — are currently counting down the days until Commencement 2021 takes place on April 29. As we lead up to graduation, we are highlighting some of the most memorable moments from the past four years to celebrate our soon-to-be graduates.


The College’s fifth president, Ellen V. Futter, joined community members for a ceremony on September 24, 2019, to formally dedicate the Ellen V. Futter ’71 Field — known colloquially as Futter Field. The campus green space opened in tandem with the College’s new Cheryl and Philip Milstein Teaching and Learning Center in September 2018. 

Futter, who is currently the president of the American Museum of Natural History, was inaugurated as Barnard’s ninth leader in 1981, after serving as acting president for almost a year. At that time, she was the youngest person ever, at 31, to assume the presidency of a major American college. “Barnard made me who I am today, and I will be forever grateful for what it gave me,” Futter said in her remarks. “Grateful for the great privilege of serving as president, grateful now and forever as a loyal alum, and, of course, for this recognition and place at the heart of the campus, which mirrors the College’s place in my heart.” 

Learn more about Futter Field here.

Check out the event’s photos below.

Dedication of Ellen V. Futter '71 Field