Congratulations to the Class of 2012

May 29, 2012

65 students were awarded Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees during Montserrat College of Art’s commencement hosted by President Stephen D. Immerman, Ed.D. and the Trustees of Montserrat on May 25, 2012 at the historic Cabot Street Cinema Theatre in downtown Beverly. Internationally known Photographer Gregory Crewdson addressed the graduating seniors, their friends and family and the Montserrat community. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts during the ceremony.

Montserrat was among a select few of AICAD schools (Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design) who invited artists from the national project, America: Now and Here, to be commencement speakers. Crewdson is part of the project, which was started by artist Eric Fischl, that positions art as a catalyst for bringing people together to discuss important issues relevant to our identity as Americans. The intention is to publish the speeches together in a book, in order to further the dialogue about the role of art in defining American identity.

In addition to Crewdson, artist Fay Chandler, creator of the Art Connection in Boston and several other cities nationwide, also received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts for her contributions to the college and the art world. Chandler formed Art Connection as a way to donate works of art for display in non-profit organizations for the enrichment of the lives of their client. She holds a BA from Sweet Briar College and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

Other speakers included faculty member Ron DiRito, chair of the Department of Photo and Video, and senior Arielle Winchester, both of whom were selected to speak by the Class of 2012.

Commencement Awards 2012

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 2012 All Senior Show.

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