164th Commencement Held on May 13

Moore's 164th commencement was held on Sunday, May 13, 2012 under a large tent in Aviator Park.

This year, 98 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.

Thirteen 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.

Samantha Emonds, a graphic design major with a minor in business, was named the class valedictorian.

Arthur R. Block, chair of Moore's Board of Managers, presented a citation to outgoing President Happy Fernandez in recognition of her 13 years of service to the College.

Moore presented the first Marian Locks Senior Award to Christine Ferri, an interior design major. The Locks Family Foundation has given $100,000 to Moore to endow the $4,000 award for a graduating senior as she launches her career. Marian Locks (1914- 2010) founded one of the first galleries in Philadelphia devoted exclusively to contemporary art.

Michelle Ortiz ’00, a widely recognized visual artist and arts educator, was the commencement speaker at the graduation ceremony. Ortiz has designed and created more than 30 large-scale public works nationally and internationally. Learn more about Michelle Ortiz here.

Commencement photos are available to order at www.moore.edu/commencementphotos.

2012 Moore College of Art & Design Commencement Speaker - Michelle Ortiz


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 www.moore.edu.

Published on May 14th, 2012