SVA’s 30th commencement took place on Wednesday, May 11, at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. President David Rhodes conferred degrees upon 771 undergraduate and 223 graduate students in the class of 2005.
Commencement speaker Maureen Dowd, a columnist for The New York Times, spoke about the enormous power of visual images in politics and government and the influence the soon-to-be graduates would have as image makers. The student speakers were Karen A. Gibbons (MPS 2005 Art Therapy), who gave the Master’s Degree Candidate’s Address about the healing power of art; and William K. Ibanez (BFA 2005 Illustration and Cartooning), who used his Bachelor’s Degree Candidate’s Address to talk about the role comics played during his upbringing in a Mexican-immigrant community in Texas. Marshall Arisman, chair of the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which had some new features: Live music, courtesy of the Harpenflute Quartet; videos of student work from each department; and a large-screen projection of the graduating students as they took the stage to receive their diplomas.
Image: (l – r) Maureen Dowd, Milton Glaser, Charles Traub, Christopher Cyphers and Karen A. Gibbons; photo by Joseph Sinnot.