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.

Burgos standing with three family members in front of the Barnard gates

Fatima Burgos ’21 helped the College kick off Latinx Heritage Month and Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15, 2020) with a personal essay that explored how the student organization Mujeres — and Barnard as a whole — helped to grow her pride and voice. 

Wrote Burgos:

“As I write this, on the eve of my senior year, I am aware of the many lessons learned that I will carry with me to Commencement and beyond. One I cherish most is the way my community has helped me find the power of my voice. From a young age I knew I had a story to tell; that inclination led me to Barnard, where I learned just how powerful my voice could be and how sharing my story could inspire others.”


“Though my time at Barnard approaches its end, I know my journey has just begun in new ways, and I look forward to being able to return one day to share the rest of my story with those who have made it possible. The resilience of my community amazes me, and I know that Mujeres will emerge more united than ever as we continue to grow and uplift one another. To all of my friends and family: I couldn’t have made it this far without all of you.”

Read Burgos’ complete essay here.