three staff parents stand behind their three seniors on campus
L-R: Alison Davis and Arielle Davis ’24; Carrie Glasser and Orlie May White ’24; Gregory and Nora Triandis ’24

When President Laura Rosenbury announced OneBarnard: Foundation for the Future as one of the College’s five foundations during her inaugural address in February, she spoke of a “community of care” that already existed through family connections and strong bonds between students, faculty, and staff. Taking care of one another is literally how the College thrived over the past four years — from the moment the Class of 2024 entered their first year with remote learning. With each new semester, they have shown resilience and fortitude.

Now, as the campus looks forward to its biggest party of the year, Commencement on May 15 at Radio City Music Hall, Barnard has extra reasons to celebrate the Class of 2024 — three graduating seniors just so happen to have parents who are also dedicated staff members.

Family ties at Barnard are certainly not new, as there are longtime staff members who are related, faculty who are married, and students across class years who are siblings. For this "Countdown to Commencement" story, three sets of parents and students sat in discussion about what it was like to spend four years working and studying together in the same place —  and shared why the experience was so special.

Family Pride

Arielle and Alison share a moment together in the Toddler Center.

Carrie catches a quick photo with Orlie outside the Milstein Center while at work capturing images for the College.

Gregory models for Nora how to be ready for business during a meeting in the Diana Center.