On Thursday, May 10, the SVA community gathered to honor this year’s graduates at the Class of 2007’s Commencement. Set in the landmark Radio City Music Hall, the College conferred degrees to graduating students from eight graduate and 10 undergraduate programs. The students, whose attire ranged from the formal to the festive, crossed the storied stage to receive their degree and congratulations from both the department chairs and SVA President David Rhodes.
The event was emceed by MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department Chair Marshall Arisman, who introduced the day’s slate of speakers: President Rhodes, undergraduate speaker Chari Pere (BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department) and graduate speaker Julie Tinker (MFA Design Department). The day’s guest speaker, The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, talked to the graduating students about how closely tied their futures were to global matters, including the war in Iraq, the genocide in Darfur and the growing influence of China. “Go engage with the world,” he said. “Worry about things you can’t change, and then maybe you’ll find that they do change.” Following his speech, Kristof received an honorary doctorate from SVA founder and Chairman Silas H. Rhodes.
Image: Photo by Maggie Berget.