GIRLS PREP NAMES BARNARD COLLEGE PRESIDENT SIAN BEILOCK AS 2018 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
For Sixth Consecutive Year, Senior Female University Leader to Make Major Address to Graduates and Alumnae of Path Breaking All-Girls School
New York, NY (April 23, 2018): Girls Prep — the first all-girls K-8 public charter school founded in New York City — announced that Sian Beilock, president of Barnard College, will speak at its graduation ceremony to be held on the campus of Columbia University on June 25. The unified ceremony will celebrate 8th grade scholars graduating from both Girls Prep Bronx and Lower East Side Schools, and the cohort of Girls Prep scholars that graduated 8th grade in 2014 who are now seniors and will be entering college in 2018.
Beilock’s record of leadership as an author, professor, University of Chicago executive vice provost and as the eighth president of Barnard College, will be an inspiration to Girls Prep students, faculty and families. Moreover, her groundbreaking research focused on success in math and science for women and girls aligns with Girls Prep’s unique efforts to develop the next generation of female engineers, scientists and mathematicians. Beilock’s accomplishments embody the Girls Prep core values of sisterhood, scholarship, responsibility and merit.
“I’m honored to join in celebrating the achievements of Girls Prep’s graduating class,” said President Beilock. “I’ve spent my career studying tools to help girls perform at their best, particularly in science and math, and I’m inspired by Girls Prep’s mission to provide an environment to help young girls succeed.”
In what has now become an annual tradition, Beilock will be the sixth female university leader to address graduating Girls Prep students, following Presidents Dianne Lynch of Stephens College in 2013, Beverly Daniel Tatum of Spelman College in 2014, Kathleen McCartney of Smith College in 2015, Senior Director Diane Levitt of Cornell Tech in 2016; and Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 2017.
Thirteen years after the founding of Girls Prep in 2005, the long-term results are in. Four years after the inaugural Girls Prep cohort graduated from 8th grade, a stunning ninety percent of that Class of 2013 each received on average nearly five offers of admission, and cumulatively received more than $5 million in scholarship offers. Below are a sampling of the colleges and universities being attended by our alumnae or that offered acceptance:
“At Girls Prep, we challenge our scholars to think and work hard every day,” said Ian Rowe, CEO of Public Prep. “In addition to a rigorous education focused on academic achievement, character development and college knowledge, we demystify success by exposing our scholars to exceptional female leaders. We are honored to have President Beilock be another exemplar role model for our scholars.”