Composers’ Salon

During FWT 2012, music faculty member Kitty Brazelton invited professional singers and music students to her home to workshop students' compositions, explore the composing process, and eat homemade apple pie. At Bennington, students work in close collaboration with faculty members who themselves are actively practicing in their fields. This teacher-practitioner model helps students discover their distinctive intellectual passions and drives their work in the most compelling directions.

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Commencement 2012

“These are the shiny, more important people.” –Peter Dinklage ’91

Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Peter Dinklage '91 returned to campus on June 1, 2012, to deliver the year's Commencement address.

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Information for Graduates | 2016 Commencement Speaker | Coverage: Commencement 2016 | Past Commencement Speakers | Campus Map (PDF)

June 3–4, 2016

We look forward to welcoming family and friends of the Bennington Class of 2016 to campus on June 3–4. Come enjoy a weekend of memorable activities celebrating the achievements of this year’s graduates!

Ticket sales for Commencement Dinner are now closed

Please note that no tickets are required if you plan to attend ONLY the graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 4. Seats on Saturday morning are first-come, first-served—we recommend arriving early.

Please check back regularly for additional information and updates. We look forward to seeing you on campus in June!

Schedule of Events

Friday, June 3

Senior Art Show will be on display in the Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery. The show will continue through Saturday.

  • 2:00 pm | Graduation Concert, Greenwall Auditorium
  • 3:00 pm | Senior Dance Performance, Martha Hill Dance Theater
  • 5:00 pm | Reception for students, families, and faculty, Commons Lawn
  • 6:00 pm | Dinner with classmates, families, and faculty, Commons Lawn—tickets required
  • 7:00 pm | Commencement Addresses: Kieran Najita, Senior Class Speaker; Jane Chu, Commencement Speaker
  • 9:00 pm | Senior Party, Student Center—all graduates and their families are welcome

Saturday, June 4

  • 10:00 am | Conferring of Degrees Ceremony; Pioneers' Quadrangle (rain location: under the tent on Commons Lawn). light refreshments will follow the ceremony; under the tent (rain location: Student Center)

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