SVA’s class of 2004 gathered at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall on Monday, May 17, for this year’s Commencement Exercises. In front of a packed house of family, friends, instructors and staff, 650 BFA degrees, 142 MFA degrees, 17 MAT degrees and 17 MPS degrees were awarded to students who crossed the hall’s stage (some expressing their joy with impromptu somersaults and splits) to receive diplomas from President David Rhodes and their department chairs. Illustration and Cartooning graduate Mykola Duzyj gave a lighthearted Bachelor’s Degree Candidate’s Address, and Illustration as Visual Essay graduate Nora Krug delivered an inspiring Master’s Degree Candidate’s Address, urging her classmates to use their art to do good in the world.
This year’s featured speaker, The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, was unable to appear in person due to problems at LaGuardia airport that cancelled her flight from Washington, D.C. In her place, Times Managing Editor Jill Abramson delivered the witty and politically sharp speech that Dowd had quickly e-mailed to her in New York, after which SVA Chairman Silas H. Rhodes conferred an honorary doctorate upon Dowd in absentia.
Image: Photo by Joe Sinnott, 2004.