Fall Convocation Welcomes Class of 2017

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For Immediate Release
August 29, 2013

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore officially ushered in another school year and welcomed the undergraduate class of 2017 today at Convocation 2013.

This year’s 121 entering students hail from across the US and around the globe; 78 are first-year students and 43 are transfer and re-entry students.

They represent 13 different states, including Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

A number of students are coming from even farther away. Joining Moore’s community are international students coming from as far away as Canada and Honduras.

Moore President Cecelia Fitzgibbon welcomed the new students to the College.

“We empower young women like each of you to reach your maximum potential by encouraging artistic excellence and by giving you opportunities to explore your own capacity as leaders,” she said. “…Study hard, do all of your work, be inspired. We cannot imagine a world without ideas and art, so put those ideas to work by being active, intellectually curious citizens.”

Convocation speaker Tracey Welson-Rossman, founder of TechGirlz, a non-profit to help more girls embrace technology, gave the students words of wisdom for when they enter the work world in 2017.

“If the work you go to does not support women, find one that does,” she said. “Take some risks in your career. Find yourself a mentor. Be a mentor to younger women. Apply for jobs even if you only have 60 percent of the qualifications. What’s the worst that can happen? Don’t undervalue yourself as a woman. Be confident in your abilities.”

A college-wide picnic followed Convocation welcoming new and returning undergraduates and faculty for the 2013-14 academic year.

Moore College of Art & Design educates students for careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's student-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers ten bachelor of fine arts degrees for women. Coeducational graduate programs were launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, continuing education programs for professional adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Young Artists Workshop for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit









Published on August 29th, 2013