19th BPI Commencement

at Taconic Correctional Facility

Attendance is by invitation only for BPI Commencements. Below are event details for guests. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Liebman at 845-758-7332 or lliebman@bard.edu.


Protocol for Entering the Prison

Before entering Taconic all guests will pass through a security checkpoint similar to that at any airport – you must present a valid photo ID.  All electronic devices, including cell phones and cameras, are strictly prohibited. Please minimize what you bring inside – handbags, briefcases, and accessories should be left in the car. Dress is business casual. Guests are asked to arrive by 5:00 p.m. to allow time for security processing. The ceremony will end at approximately 8:00 p.m. You are welcome to join us for dinner after the ceremony or leave at that point.  The event will end at approximately 9:00 p.m.


Driving Directions

If you are using your GPS, the address is 250 Harris Road, Bedford Hills, NY 10507


  • Get on Taconic State Parkway in Milan from NY-9G S and NY-199 E
  • Follow Taconic State Parkway, I-84 E and and take exit 20S to merge onto I-684 S
  • From I-684 S, take exit 5 for NY-117
  • Continue on Rte 117 Bypass Rd
  • Turn left onto Harris Road
  • Destination will be on the left


  • Get on FDR Dr
  • Take exit 17 for Toll Bridge toward I-278/Bruckner Expy/Grand Central Pkwy
  • Continue onto Robert F. Kennedy Bridge
  • Take I-278 E/Bronx exit toward I-87 N
  • Merge onto I-278 E and follow
  • Take exit 52 toward Bronx River Pkwy N/White Plains
  • Merge onto Bruckner Blvd
  • Continue onto Bronx River Pkwy N (signs for Sprain Pkwy/Taconic Pkwy)
  • Continue onto Taconic State Parkway N
  • Merge onto Saw Mill Pkwy N/Saw Mill River Pkwy N toward Brewster
  • Take exit toward Harris Rd/Railroad Ave
  • Turn left onto Harris Rd/Railroad Ave
  • Turn right onto NY-117 N/Harris Road
  • Turn left; destination will be on the left


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