February 26, 2016
Baruch Has Adjusted the Start Time of Its May 27, 2016 Commencement
Based on concerns raised by the observant Jewish community, Baruch College has worked with the Barclay’s Center to adjust its Commencement 2016 start time to 4:00 pm, rather than the originally planned 5:00 pm start time. This adjustment results in a planned end at 5:45 pm, which allows substantial additional travel time for those students and their families observing Sabbath.
Baruch College chose the Barclay’s Center because it is the only indoor facility in the City of New York that could offer space availability and that is capable of accommodating the entire Baruch community of more than 15,000 people for Commencement. Given the multiple activities that go on in the Barclay’s Center, however, May 27th was the only date available in reasonable proximity to the official end of the CUNY spring semester. Baruch is contractually committed to the Barclay’s Center for this date.
Before making this decision, Baruch’s Dean of Students, Art King, conferred with representatives of the Jewish and Muslim communities on our campus, which both have their Sabbath beginning on Fridays. Based on the additional feedback that Baruch has received the last few days, the College has had further discussions with the Barclay’s Center and has enlisted their help in adjusting the start and end times of the event so that we can maintain a single graduation ceremony in a space large enough to accommodate all our students and their families.
We hope you agree that these changes support Baruch’s tradition of maintaining an inclusive and respectful environment for all.
Mitchel B. Wallerstein
President, Baruch College