Notice to the Press
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 15, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the keynote commencement speaker at Barnard College's 117th Commencement ceremony to be held on Monday, May 18, 2009, at Columbia University, Morningside Campus, South Lawns, located at Broadway and 116th Street in Manhattan, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Secretary Clinton will address an expected crowd of approximately 5,000 students, family members, faculty and staff of Barnard, including 585 members of the Class of 2009. Secretary Clinton will also receive the Barnard Medal of Distinction, the College’s highest honor.

Other distinguished honorees will be PepsiCo’s Chief Executive Officer Indra K. Nooyi; Harvard University’s William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts Irene J. Winter; and former general counsel to the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice Kay C. Murray.

The media is invited to cover the ceremony, but space is limited. To guarantee admission, contact Alyssa Vine at 212.854.2037 or in advance. Without prior registration, government-issued press identification will be required. All media must check in at the press information desk located on Broadway and 116th Street, which will open at 12:15 p.m.

The commencement will be webcast beginning at 1:30 p.m. via the following link:


Alyssa Vine
Media Relations
Barnard College
Telephone: 212.854.2037

Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-2492

PRN: 2009/464