President Fernandez Honored at Reception

For Immediate Release
May 8, 2012

(Philadelphia, PA) On Monday, May 7, about 300 guests attended a reception at Moore College of Art & Design honoring the presidency of Happy Craven Fernandez. Guest speakers included Mayor Michael Nutter; Arthur R. Block, chair of the Board of Managers;  Fran Graham ’66, chair of the Board of Trustees; philanthropist Carole Haas Gravagno; Heather Bryson ’92, president of the Alumnae Association; Marah Carpenter ’12, Student Government president; and Moe Brooker, Penny & Bob Fox Distinguished Professor. Monday’s event paid tribute to the many positive changes Fernandez has made to the College in her 13-year tenure as president. The event raised $170,902, and matching funds from an anonymous donor bring the total raised to $341,804, thus far.

Several gifts were presented to Fernandez at the event. These included a book of photographs commemorating Fernandez’ presidency. The book was designed by Deborah Larkin ’70 and hand-bound by Dee Collins ’93. In the back of the book were letters and remembrances from board members. Bryson presented  Fernandez with a gift from the alumnae of six books of 4" X 4" artworks contributed by 39 alumnae that included original paintings, drawings and photographs. e Bond ’96 created the books and Collins made a box that houses the books. Carpenter presented a gift on behalf of student leaders - a framed print of a “word cloud” consisting of core values the students had chosen to personify Fernandez. Lisa Moss and Dave Calderwood of Euro-Pacific Productions contributed a tribute video  for the event (shown above).

View or download a PDF Timeline of Happy's accomplishments during her tenure at Moore.


Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit

Published on May 8th, 2012