2023 Family and Alumni/ae Weekend Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dates?
Family and Alumni/ae Weekend will be held Friday through Sunday, October 27–29, 2023.
Is Family and Alumni/ae Weekend only for families of first-year students?
All families of Bard students and alumni/ae are encouraged to attend.
How do I register?
You may register here. You will receive a detailed email confirmation with a link to adjust your registration, if needed.
When does online registration close?
Registration closes on Thursday, October 19.
Do I need to register my student?
No, you do not need to register your student.
When should I get to campus?
We recommend families check with their student. Some families arrive on Friday; others arrive on Saturday. Alumni/ae, we hope you will consider coming for the weekend to enjoy the many events on campus.
Where will registration take place?
Registration will be held on Friday, October 27 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and Saturday, October 28 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation.
What name will my registration material be under?
Registration packets will be under the primary registrant’s name.
Are vaccinations required to be on campus?
We expect all visitors on campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Prospective visitors who are unvaccinated may visit campus facilities, providing they test negative for COVID within 24 hours before coming to campus. Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms should refrain from coming to campus. Bard College is a “mask-friendly” campus. With this policy, we have lifted the indoor mask mandate, but encourage anyone who wishes to wear a mask to do so.
What will there be to do?
View the weekend schedule online here.
How can I experience a class?
We offer many classes throughout the day on Saturday. You may sign up for classes at registration. Class sign-up is first come, first serve. We recommend you come early, as they fill up quickly.
How do I reserve tickets for the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra Concert at the Fisher Center?
You may purchase tickets online, by calling 845-758-7900, or in-person at the Box Office in the Sosnoff Theater lobby, Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm and one hour prior to performance.
Will there be shuttle service between Bard’s campus and local hotels and train stations?
Please view the campus shuttle schedule here. The train shuttle schedule can be found here. Shuttles between campus and hotels will not be available.
Are there accommodations near campus?
Yes, the towns of Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Tivoli, and the surrounding area have many hotels, inns, and B&Bs. We recommend booking your accommodations as soon as possible.
Dining on campus
Can I pay onsite for the meals at Kline?
If you plan to dine on campus, you can purchase a meal ticket either at registration or at the door at Kline. There are many local restaurants if you prefer to eat off campus.
Feel free to email the Office of Special Events if you need further assistance.