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Bard’s Botstein to speak at Goucher commencement

Botstein, Leon

Leon Botstein

Goucher College announced Friday that Bard College President Leon Botstein will this year’s commencement speaker.

Botstein, who is also a conductor and music historian, will be the keynote speaker at the school’s May graduation ceremony.

“We are honored to welcome President Botstein to give the keynote address,” said José Antonio Bowen, president of Goucher. “His historic tenure in both higher education and the arts give him a unique perspective and I am sure he will inspire our graduating class.”

The schools share similar perspectives on the importance of liberal arts education and social justice, Goucher officials said.

“Both Goucher and Bard share a strong commitment to service, social justice and liberal arts,” Bowen said.

Botstein has led Bard since 1975. The liberal arts school is located at Annandale-on-Hudson in New York.

Since 1992, Botstein has served as the music director and conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra.

The Goucher commencement will take place May 19. More than 250 students will receive their Bachelor of Arts degrees.


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