Graduate Hooding & Commencement

Open to the public

/ Friday


We look forward to celebrating the achievements of the graduate class of 2020!

Our graduate commencement speaker is Barbara Bowman ’50, who celebrates 70 years since her graduation from Sarah Lawrence this year. Dr. Bowman is a pioneer in her field of early childhood education and is the co-founder of the Erikson Institute, where she is also the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development. Her research, which has focused on the importance of early education in childhood development, was the foundation for the federal Head Start program—an endeavor she played a pivotal role breathing life into and continues to dedicate her career to its success. From 2004-2012, Barbara served as chief officer for early childhood education for the Chicago Public Schools, and during the first term of former President Barack Obama she served as a consultant to the U.S. Secretary of Education.

The Graduate Hooding & Commencement ceremony will be held virtually. Learn more and watch live on May 15 at