Moore Announces 2010 Commencement Speakers

  • Commencement Speakers 2010

For Immediate Release
February 26, 2010

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore is pleased to announce Dr. Bernard Watson and Dr. Judith Brodsky as honorary degree recipients and speakers for the College’s 161st Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 16, at 11 am in Aviator Park, across from the College.

“We are thrilled to award Bernard Watson and Judith Brodsky with honorary degrees during commencement exercises,” said Moore President Happy Fernandez. “Both of the awardees have provided powerful leadership to bring important arts institutions and cultural opportunities to The Parkway and the City of Philadelphia.”

Dr. Watson, chairman of the board of the Barnes Foundation since 1999, is largely responsible for restoring the Barnes’ financial health and leading the move to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. An educator, he served as Deputy Superintendent of the Philadelphia Public Schools until 1970. Moving to Temple University, he was professor of Urban Studies and co-founder, professor and chairman of the Urban Education Department. He was appointed academic vice president of Temple University in 1976, the first African American to hold this position. He was appointed to Educational Advisory Councils by three presidents: Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. He served as president and CEO of the William Penn Foundation from 1981-1993. The author of three books and numerous articles in professional journals, Dr. Watson received the prestigious Philadelphia Award in 2001. A longtime board member of the National Urban League and the National Urban Coalition, he is the recipient of 22 honorary degrees. Temple University established the Dr. Bernard C. Watson Endowed Chair in Urban Education in 2007.

Dr. Brodsky, founder and president of the board of directors for Philagrafika, has been the driving force behind Philadelphia’s first international festival celebrating print in contemporary art. Brodsky is a distinguished professor emerita in the Department of Visual Arts at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she was a former dean and former associate provost, as well as former chair of the art department at the Newark campus. Brodsky is the founding director of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, a center for producing prints and handmade paper projects, renamed the Brodsky Center in her honor in September 2006. Prints created at the Brodsky Center are in the collections of major museums all over the world. Brodsky is a founder and co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art and co-coordinator of The Feminist Art Project, a national program to celebrate the contributions of feminist artists. She is the past national president of ArtTable, the College Art Association, and the Women’s Caucus for Art. Brodsky organized and curated many exhibitions and has written extensively about women and prints, including The Power of Feminist Art and Memoir of an Assimilated Family. A printmaker and artist in her own right, Brodsky’s work is in the permanent collections of over 100 museums and corporations, including The Library of Congress.


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

February 26, 2010
Moore is pleased to announce Dr. Bernard Watson and Judith Brodsky as honorary degree recipients and speakers for the College’s 161st Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 16, at 11 am in Aviator Park, across from the College.

Published on February 26th, 2010