On Wednesday, May 10, SVA held its annual commencement exercises. After more than 25 years of handing out diplomas at Lincoln Center, the 2006 event moved to a new home, New York City’s landmark Radio City Music Hall. A large audience gathered in the storied Art Deco theater as SVA President David Rhodes conferred 687 BFA degrees, 155 MFA degrees, 28 MAT degrees and 21 MPS degrees to students, who all crossed the famous stage to the cheers of their families, friends and classmates.
Diana Suarez (BFA 2006 Graphic Design) delivered the undergraduate student address, during which she recounted how she came to SVA from Texas and reminisced about her time at the College. The graduate address was given by Amy Stein (MFA 2006 Photography, Video and Related Media), who spoke of the courage it takes to fully dedicate oneself to making art. This year’s featured speaker was British writer Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, the humorous best-selling examination of common punctuation errors, and the recent Talk to the Hand (both published by Gotham). Truss offered both congratulations to the class of 2006 and an amusing take on why the “deadly sin” of pride is not, in her opinion, all that sinful. After her speech, SVA founder and Chairman Silas H. Rhodes awarded Truss an honorary doctorate of fine arts.
Image: Graduating students on the stage at Radio City Music Hall; photo by Arthur Weiler.