commencement 2015

Bryan KonietzkoInternationally known artist, sculptor, and activist Wangechi Mutu.
Photo: Kathryn Parker Almanas

Internationally acclaimed artist and activist Wangechi Mutu was Montserrat College of Art’s 2015 commencement speaker and recipient of an honorary doctor of fine arts from the college during the ceremonies on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 10 am at The Cabot Theatre, 286 Cabot St., Beverly.

Wangechi Mutu is the recipient of the United States Artist Grant (2014), the Brooklyn Museum’s Artist of the Year Award (2013), and was honored as Deutsche Bank’s first Artist of the Year (2010). She received an MFA from Yale and BFA from Cooper Union. Mutu has been called the most influential African artist today. She will be just returning to the US from her appearance at the Venice Biennale. See Mutu’s work at

“We are extremely honored to have an artist of Ms. Mutu’s caliber speaking to our community,” said Stephen D. Immerman, president of Montserrat College of Art. “Her successful career both in the US and abroad will be inspirational to our community. We were excited to welcome her to the campus and to the North Shore.” Mutu joins a long list of illustrious commencement speakers at Montserrat including Bryan Konietzko, Gregory Crewdson, Amy Sillman, Jenny Holzer, Janine Antoni and James Rosenquist, to name a few.

The Class of 2015 selected Prof. Gabrielle Keller as the faculty speaker at commencement and Anthony Corrado was named student speaker.

Immediately following commencement, students and guests were invited to the Beverly Common, next to the Hardie Building, for an outdoor reception hosted by the Montserrat community. The Montserrat Gallery was open for viewing of the 2015 All Senior Show at the college's main campus building at 23 Essex Street.

A Montserrat merchandise pop-up store was open on the common for purchases. Visit to view merchandise.

Click here to see photos from last year’s graduation with Commencement Speaker and Emmy nominated Animation Director Bryan Konietzko.

For further information, contact Jo Broderick at or 978.867.9613.

Montserrat College of Art Gallery invited visiting families and friends to an artist lecture by Wangechi Mutu the night before Commencement on Thursday, May 14, 6 - 7:30 pm at The Cabot Theatre, 286 Cabot St., Beverly, MA.



Fri., May 15, 2015
10 am

The Cabot Theatre
286 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA

Prof. Gabrielle Keller's speech

Anthony Corrado's speech