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The Best Commencement is Still to Come
Walking like an Egyptian at Commencement 2010
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This Saturday, June 4, RISD will celebrate the culmination
of intense years of creative exploration as 661 students collect their diplomas
at Commencement 2011. The early afternoon ceremony will be preceded
by a separate hooding ceremony for graduate students. Both ticketed events take
place at the Rhode Island Convention Center, adjacent to RISD’s Graduate Thesis Exhibition, which is open to the public (from
noon to 5 pm) through June 4.
Though Commencement is a ceremony bound by tradition, at
RISD the celebration is effervescent and distinctly unique, with graduates painting,
shredding, embellishing and creatively transforming their caps and gowns or
foregoing them in favor of costumes, native dress or ultra casual attire. It’s
all part of the RISD culture of creative expression and playful exuberance.
interaction designer Bill Moggridge, director
of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in Manhattan, will accept
an honorary degree and deliver the keynote address. In addition, RISD will also
degrees on philosopher, writer and aesthetics scholar Arnold Berleant and public,
performance and installation artist Mierle Ukeles.
Alumna Katie Salen
MFA 92 GD will also be recognized with the Alumni Association’s
2011 Art and Education Award for excellence
and innovation in education. She is being honored for founding Quest2Learn, a
New York City public school that uses gaming to get children excited about
learning, ready to take risks and eager to solve problems.
Student speakers Jason
Huff MFA 11 DM, Phoebe Stubbs MFA 11
GL and Affandi Setiawan 11 PH
will deliver remarks to the 179 master’s degree recipients and 482 undergraduates
earning bachelor’s degrees in architecture, design, the fine arts and art
education. Also notable this year is the Artrepreneur Kit being given to each
graduating student. For the second year in a row, RISD is arming each graduating
artist and designer with a practical parting gift to help them market their
work online and explore entrepreneurial possibilities.
Immediately following the ceremony, graduates, their
families and guests will gather for a festive reception to celebrate the students’
accomplishments and toast their success.
Share your photos of Commencement with the wider RISD
community. Submissions will appear on the RISD Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/risd_edu
Tag your Tweets with #risdgrad11 and follow the festivities on Twitter.
tags: Apparel Design
For more information about the day’s events, visit the RISD Commencement website.
RISD graduation anything but traditional (Providence Journal)
, Digital + Media
, Furniture Design
, Graphic Design
, Industrial Design
, Interior Architecture
, Jewelry + Metalsmithing
, Landscape Architecture
, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design