Paul Loftland Photography
For Immediate Release
May 19, 2011
(Philadelphia, PA) Moore's 163rd commencement was held on Sunday, May 15, 2011 under a large tent in Aviator Park.
This year, 129 undergraduates received their Bachelor’s degrees in Art Education, Art History, Curatorial Studies, Fashion Studies, Fine Arts 2D, Fine Arts 3D, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography & Digital Arts and Textile Design.
Fifteen students earned their Post-Baccalaureate degree in Art Education from Moore.
The graduates joined members of the Moore staff, faculty and Board of Managers for a procession beginning at Moore and ending in Aviator Park, across from the college.
Brianna Barton, a double major in Fine Arts: 2D and Curatorial Studies from West Grove, PA, was named the class valedictorian. She is the first person in her family to graduate from college. She gave a heartfelt speech urging her classmates to remember to first-and-foremost live life as a good person and a conscientious artist.
“Being a good person is more important and harder than being a good artist,” she said, recalling the words of a faculty member. “Being a good person requires practice and action. As you move onto the next stage of your life, please don’t become apathetic.”
Moore recognized artist and educator Moe Brooker as the first Penny and Bob Fox Distinguished Professor. The first endowed professorship at Moore was established by Penny Fox, Chair of Moore's Board of Trustees, and her husband Bob.
Artist and educator Lily Yeh and graphic designer Paula Scher received honorary master of fine art degrees at the graduation ceremony.
Scher offered students the following advice she had received from a teacher 40 years ago: “Anyone who wants to do this thing can.” She asked them to keep that wisdom in mind as they pursue their dreams of being artists and designers.
“If you really want to do something, you can overcome obstacles,” she said. "When you’re young you have the energy to do these things and care less if your mattress is comfortable. I envy you because you’re on the brink of an incredible amount of discovery."
Yeh told students that "creativity and art are among the most powerful tools to address urgent problems in the world, like injustice and poverty."
“Women are powerful and being an artist is a blessing,” she said.”Go and light up the world with your talent and creativity.”
The class of 2011 includes 52 students ages 24 and older, three international graduates, and students from 14 different states, including Pennsylvania. Twenty-eight graduates are minorities. The most popular majors are fashion design and illustration.