May 5-7, 2023
CEP students in Oaxaca, Mexico during 2017 January Term Sustainable Development Immersion Course.
Photo credit: Stephanie Erwin, MBA ’20, EP Cert ’17.
Join Us to Celebrate the
20th & 10th
of CEP and MBA!
2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the first graduating class from M.S. in Environmental Policy degree at Bard CEP and the 10th graduating class from the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. The 2023 graduating MS EP, MS CSP, MEd and MBA classes will bring the Bard GPS alumni community to over 500! To mark the occasion, join us for a celebratory Soirée and other reunion activities to reconnect with classmates, make new connections, strengthen the Bard GPS community, and support future classes of GPS change makers. The Reunion will also launch our GPS Alumni Giving Campaign that will support student scholarships for future sustainability leaders from historically excluded populations.
GPS Alumni Soirée
The GPS Alumni Soirée will take place the evening of Saturday, May 6th, 2023 at the Bard MBA classroom location - a modern loft in the heart of Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood with spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan.
Tickets are $50 and includes drinks, dinner, music, and networking! There is an option to add on a tax-deductible donation to the alum's choice of either the GPS Opportunity Scholarship or CEP Internship Fund (more information below).
Location: 20 Jay St. Suite 920, Brooklyn, NY
Additional Reunion Weekend Events
Friday evening (May 5th): Welcome Reception - join us at a local bar in Brooklyn to kick-off the weekend with drinks and classmates!
Saturday (May 6th): Exploring & Park Hang! - Whether or not you live in Brooklyn, there are bound to be neighborhoods you haven't yet explored! Saturday day will feature the opportunity to discover favorite sites and eateries according to local alumni in addition to an informal gathering in Fort Greene Park before getting ready for the evening festivities.
Sunday (May 7th): Bagels on the Pier - Join classmates and new friends for delicious NYC bagels and spreads in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6.
Reunion Weekend Schedule
May 5th-7th, 2023
Alumni Hang in Fort Greene Park
GPS Anniversary Soirée
Soirée After Party
Bagels by the Pier
126 Front St, Brooklyn, NY
|Choose from self-guided walking tours in Brooklyn with recommendations from local alumni (guides will be emailed out May 2nd)||Join us for a relaxing afternoon hang in Fort Greene Park. Feel free to bring partners and kiddos!
||20 Jay St., Suite 920
*Cocktail attire encouraged!
|Randolph Beer DUMBO
82 Prospect St.
|Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6|
In addition to helping cover the costs of the Alumni Soirée with your ticket, please consider including a tax-deductible donation to the CEP or MBA Scholarship programs. All proceeds from tickets over $50 will go towards the alum's choice of Bard GPS fund (see below "Alumni Support for GPS Students" for more information).
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|Includes||Ticket to Soirée & Alumni Gift||Ticket to Soirée, Alumni Gift & a $25 tax deductible donation to a scholarship fund of your choice (see below for details)||Ticket to Soirée, Alumni Gift & a $50 tax deductible donation to a scholarship fund of your choice (see below for details)||Ticket to Soirée, Alumni Gift & a $150 tax deductible donation to a scholarship fund of your choice (see below for details)|
Bard GPS Alumni Giving Campaign
Bard GPS Scholarships
Since 2001, Bard GPS has provided more than $4 million in fellowship and scholarship funding to aspiring change makers, largely funded through internal resources. As tuition-dependent programs, Bard GPS has a limited ability to increase per-student scholarship funding. As part of our JEDI + Anti-Racism Roadmap/Commitment, Bard GPS has committed to acquiring resources to support scholarship funding and internship support for students from historically excluded populations.
Join us in supporting these students as we launch our Bard GPS Alumni Giving Campaign at the 20th/10th Anniversary Reunion. The money raised will support the following two funds:
- GPS Opportunity Scholars Program - In 2019, Bard GPS launched the Opportunity Scholars program. This scholarship program provides 40-90% scholarships to first-generation college students as well as students from historically excluded populations. To date, 19 students have received funding through this program. Alumni gifts will enable the expansion of the Opportunity Scholars program.
- CEP Internship Fund - Bard CEP students are required to complete 4-6 month professional internship. These internships have been foundational in launching the high impact careers our MS and MEd alumni. Many internships are unpaid; for students with limited financial resources, some may be unable to take their preferred internship if it is unpaid. The continued presence of unpaid internships perpetuates inequitable career opportunities based on socioeconomic status. In 2022, Bard CEP launched the CEP Internship fund to offer $4,000-$6,000 stipends to support students pursuing unpaid or underpaid internships. Current CEP is able to support 3-4 students; alumni gifts will expand the number of students able to pursue their dream internship.
GPS Reunion Giving Opportunities
- Tickets: All proceeds from Soirée tickets priced above $50 will go to the alum's choice of either the GPS Opportunity Scholarship or CEP Internship Fund.
- Silent Auction: There will be a silent auction during the Soirée. All funds raised will go to the winning bidder's choice of scholarship funds. **Please consider donating to the silent auction - we are looking for material goods, gift certificates, services, and experiences! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can donate something!
For those traveling in for the Reunion Weekend, a variety of accommodation options will be available.
The Bard GPS Reunion Committee has secured hotel room blocks at two local hotels to help accommodate preferences for location and budget.
Residence Inn New York Downtown Manhattan/World Trade Center (15-20 min drive or by subway)
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge (15 min walk, 10 min drive or by subway)
Some local Bard GPS alumni have generously offered up guest rooms and couches to host traveling alumni. There is a place on the RSVP form to indicate if you have a room/bed/couch available and we will share list of alumni hosts registrants.
Frequently Asked Questions
What classes and cohorts will be honored?
This reunion will celebrate all Bard GPS graduate years!
How can I register for the Reunion Weekend?
I will be traveling from out of town, what are my options for hotels/lodging?
We have reserved two hotel blocks (50 rooms total) to help make your travel plans a bit easier! Please see the "Accommodations" section above for direct links to the discounted hotel options. If you are local and have a spare room/couch to share for a fellow alum or if you are looking for this option, please email us at email@example.com.
What does the Soirée ticket cover?
The Saturday Soirée ticket price covers appetizers, dinner, dessert, drinks and a special alumni gift!
What should I wear?
For the Saturday evening Soirée, cocktail attire is encouraged! All other events will be fairly casual, but of course Bard swag is always in style!
I have dietary restrictions, can special arrangements be made?
The Soirée RSVP will ask for dietary restrictions and have room for you to provide specific concerns. We do plan to have a variety of food and drinks to meet a range of dietary preferences. If you have any concerns please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can my significant other or family join me?
I’m only planning on coming to events that aren’t the Soirée, do I still need to pay the ticket price?
I unfortunately cannot attend reunion this year! Can I still make a gift to support one of the GPS fund programs?
Absolutely, and thank you SO much for your support! Please use the RSVP form to make your donation - you can update your contact information and make your gift all in one place! Just select "No" to the first question and you'll be able to make your donation after that. Thank you!