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Past Commencements

2020

May 29, 2020, Virtual Celebration

Remarks

President David Nelson, alumna and Trustee Elisa Hamilton '07 BFA Painting, Lee Luker '07 BFA Animation/Production team member of Golden Globe awardee "Missing Link," Justine Silva '12 BFA Illustration, Winner of NBC's Making It Season 2, Dean Lucinda Bliss, Provost Kymberly Pinder, and crowdsourced content from faculty and students

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2019 

May 24, 2019, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion 

Honorary Degree Recipient
Elizabeth Lowrey
Principal and Director of Interior Architecture at Elkus Manfredi Architects

Listen or download Ms. Lowrey's speech

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2018

May 25, 2018, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion 

Honorary Degree Recipient
Wangechi Mutu
Contemporary Visual Artist

Listen or download Ms. Mutu's speech

Excellence in Art Education Award
MIT List Visual Arts Center

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2017

May 26, 2017, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Honorary Degree Recipient
Diane Paulus
Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University

Excellence in Art Education Award
William W. Henderson, Ed.D
Boston Public Schools 

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2016 

Honorary Degree Recipients

Excellence in Art Education​​​​​​​ Award
Joanne McKenna '81 BFA 

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2015

Honorary Degree Recipients

Excellence in Art Education​​​​​​​ Award
David Perkins
Professor of Education, Emeritus, Learning and Teaching Program, Technology, Innovation, and Education Program, Harvard University

President's Leadership Award
Elizabeth Kelner Pozen
Painter, Philanthropist

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2014

Honorary Degree Recipients 

  • Rika Burnham
    Museum Educator, Lecturer; Head of Education, Frick Collection in New York, Columbia University
     
  • Melvin Edwards
    Sculptor

Excellence in Art Education​​​​​​​ Award
Myran Parker Bass
Executive Director for the Arts, Boston Public Schools

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2013

Honorary Degree Recipients 

Excellence in Art Education​​​​​​​ Award
Education Department
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Godine Award 
Thomas & Angela Menino
Mayor & First Lady of the City of Boston

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2012 

Honorary Degree Recipients 

Excellence in Art Education​​​​​​​ Award
Stella Aguirre McGregor
Urbano Project

Godine Award
Anne Hawley
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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2011 

Honorary Degree Recipient
Gran Fury
Artists

Excellence in Art Education​​​​​​​ Award
Honee Hess & Gillian Bonazoli, MAEA
Art All State

Godine Award 
Michael & Kitty Dukakis
Former Governor of Massachusetts & Wife 


2010

Honorary Degree Recipient 
Lowery Stokes Sims
Art Historian

Excellence in Art Education​​​​​​​ Award
Rosanne Trolan
Lexington 


2009

Honorary Degree Recipients

Excellence in Art Education​​​​​​​ Award
Kathleen Marsh, Beth Balliro, Barrington Edwards, Katie Osediacz, Guy Telemaque 
Boston Arts Academy Visual Arts Team

Godine Award
Linda Nathan
Boston Arts Academy