For Immediate Release
May 20, 2013
(Philadelphia, PA) Moore’s 164th commencement was held on Sunday, May 19, 2013 under a large tent in Aviator Park.
This year, 113 undergraduates received their Bachelor’s degrees in Art Education, Curatorial Studies, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior design, and Photography & Digital Arts.
Four 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.
It was the first commencement exercises for Moore President Cecelia Fitzgibbon.
The 2013 Penny & Bob Fox Distinguished Professorship was awarded to Lynne Horoschak, graduate program manager for the MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations. Jonathan Wallis, assistant professor, Art History, received the 2013 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.
Samantha M. Hurst, a Graphic Design major and Illustration minor from Townsend, DE, was named the class valedictorian. Hurst transferred to Moore in 2010 from Delaware Technical Community College. She was the recipient of the Frieda M. Fehrenbacher Endowed International Travel Fellowship and was a writer’s assistant in The Writer’s Studio.
“When I first transferred to Moore, I just knew I belonged here,” Hurst said. “I didn’t realize how much this experience would change me. Moore isn’t just a school but a community of strong, kind and creative women…I don’t know how people survive art school without a strong community like ours.”
A self-confessed “worrier,” she urged her classmates not to worry about how things will work out, “just remember who you are and embrace the world as it comes to your feet.”
Marilyn (Mary Beth) Foehrenbach, an Illustration major from Oxford, CT, received the Happy Fernandez Endowed Women’s Leadership Prize, in honor of Moore’s seventh president, who led the College for 13 years. The $4,000 prize goes to a student who participated in college leadership programs. Foehrenbach said she will use the money to get settled in Philadelphia and get a jumpstart on a freelance illustration career.
She told graduates that she came to Moore very shy and not confident in her ability to hold a leadership position, but learned that by taking risks and doing things that scare you, “you will become a leader.”
“At Moore I realized fear is an essential part of growth and I took advantage of all the leadership opportunities that came about,” she said.
Anja Gudic, an Illustration major from Stroudsburg, PA, received the second Marian Locks Endowed Award. The Locks Family Foundation gave $100,000 to Moore to endow the $4,000 award for a graduating senior as she launches her career in art and design. Marian Locks (1914-2010) founded one of the first galleries in Philadelphia devoted exclusively to contemporary art.
The Marian Locks Award may be used to supplement income, enable post baccalaureate internships or service, facilitate postgraduate travel and research or help support graduate study. Gudic said the award will help her move forward with an illustration career.
“This award really gave me the confidence to set an example for the next set of students, to allow them to see that part of art school is also having a lot of courage,” she said. “It’s about believing in yourself. Learn from your struggles and remember to always be courageous.”
Commencement speaker Amy Sadao, The Daniel W. Dietrich, II, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, spoke about creating a life in the arts. She told graduates to be willing to “jump in when the opportunities present themselves."
"We're often told we need to 'learn to say no,' to guard our time and our resources: but I challenge you - as you embark on discovering how you will impact your world, how you will shape our understanding, I challenge you to say yes. Say yes to opportunities, to requests to participate, to offer freely your labor and your ideas."