Last night, the Empire State Building was lit with Barnard's signature blue color in honor of the College's 125th anniversary, which is being celebrated throughout this academic year. The lighting of the tower commemorated the eve of Barnard’s first day of classes in 1889, when it became the first college in New York City—and one of the few in the world—where women could receive the same liberal arts education available to men.

All over the city, Barnard alumnae and friends captured this special moment and shared photos via social media. View the video below with the highlights, and see more photos from various vantage points on the 125 Scrapbook. Share your images with #Barnard125. 

Please also join us on Sunday, October 26 for Founders Day, a daylong festival featuring lectures and classes led by distinguished faculty; dance, music, and theatre performances; campus tours showcasing history, architecture, and the environment; art and history exhibitions; admissions tours and information sessions; film screenings; activities for children of all ages; popular NYC food trucks; and more! Learn more at

—Photo by Dorothy Hong
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