Convocation 2008 Launches 160th Anniversary Year

  • Convocation 2008

For Immediate Release
August 29, 2008

(Philadelphia, PA) It was an exciting start to Moore College of Art & Design's 160th Anniversary year. On August 28, more than 300 members of the Moore community welcomed the Class of 2012 at Convocation 2008, the first of many special events, exhibitions and activities planned for this celebratory year. The sunny, breezy morning lent the perfect atmosphere for the event to be held outdoors in the two-acre Aviator Park, located across the street from the College.

Set under a large tent, the day's events began with a procession of first-year students led by Faculty Department Chairs and a theatrical welcome presentation by Moore Student Leaders and Student Orientation Staff, who had created large puppets in coordination with Philadelphia's Spiral Q Puppet Theater for the event. Moore President Happy Fernandez welcomed the audience. "This year is a special one, as we remember and learn from our rich history, celebrate the vitality and health of our present and look ahead to create a vibrant future," she said. "Our graduates will be key players in the creative economy and in the arts and cultural renaissance in Philadelphia." 

This year's Convocation speaker was Pennsylvania First Lady, Judge Marjorie (Midge) O. Rendell, who praised Moore's founder Sarah Worthington Peter as a true pioneer. "Her progressive vision and this College's advancements are as inspiring today as they were when it was originally established in 1848," she said. "The past 160 years are a tribute to both [Moore's] mission to educate women for the careers in art and design and to the ongoing innovations and accomplishments of its graduates." Along with Judge Rendell, the audience heard from Academic Dean Dona Lantz, Dean of Students Joan Stevens, Chair of Basics Moe Brooker, and Chair Art History and Liberal Arts Jonathan Wallis, PhD, as well as Student Government president Becca Jennings.

Following the offical welcome, the Moore community was treated to an outdoor picnic, complete with 160th birthday cake, balloons and music. Everyone at the celebration also received a free commemorative 160th Anniversary T-shirt, designed by graphic design senior Jessica Zultewicz. Another student, senior graphic design major and last year's Student Government President Theresa McGlaughlin made her own contribution to this year's festivities. She designed the street banners announcing Moore's anniversary that were hung all around the College and adjacent historic Logan Square for the start of the academic year. "Greeting the First-Years at the 160th Convocation was a proud moment for me as a senior," said Theresa. "I witnessed the product of the student leaders' teamwork send a powerful message to the incoming class: Welcome to your new home."


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 launching 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 acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit

Aug 29 2008
On August 28, more than 300 members of the Moore community welcomed the Class of 2012 at Convocation 2008.

Published on August 29th, 2008