The Bennington College Board of Trustees celebrates, with the nation, the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009, as the 44th president of the United States. The Board recognizes the historic importance of this realization of the democratic principles and ideals to these United States and to democracies everywhere. We congratulate President Obama and wish him Godspeed in the office he now assumes. May the bells of every village, town, and city in America peal on this auspicious occasion.
"So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other."- President Barack Obama
The 2009 Bennington College holiday card included President Obama's words as part of the College's announcement of its new curriculum. Read more about that curriculum