Sixteenth Annual DCAD Commencement to be held May 12

April 8th 2014

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – The Delaware College of Art and Design will hold its 16th annual commencement exercises on Monday, May 12, 2014 at The Grand Opera House, 808 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE. This year, over 60 graduates are expected to receive their Associate of Fine Art Degrees in Animation, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design and Photography. 

The graduates will join members of the DCAD staff, faculty, Board of Overseers, Board of Directors as well as Wilmington's Mayor Dennis P. Williams for a procession beginning at DCAD and ending at The Grand Opera House. Led by bagpiper Ian Ferrick of Philadelphia, the procession will begin at 2PM from DCAD’s campus at 600 N. Market Street to The Grand Opera House on 818 N. Market Street. The ceremony held at The Grand is by invitation only and will begin following the procession around 2:15PM.  Guests are welcome to line Market Street while the graduates process to the ceremony location.    

Giving the keynote address this year is Kirk E. Pillow, Ph.D., Provost of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Dr. Pillow maintains a strong history with the Delaware College of Art and Design, first as a Corcoran representative on DCAD’s Board of Directors, and more recently as the University of the Arts' leader for the articulation agreement between DCAD and the University of the Arts.  

Dr. Pillow began his tenure at the University of the Arts in 2011. Prior to his arrival at the University, he served as provost and interim president of Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for all programs and operations of the College, and was also among the senior management of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He was also vice president of the board of Washington's Cultural Development Corporation, and serves on the board of AICAD, the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

Earning his doctorate in philosophy from Northwestern University in 1995, Pillow specialized in aesthetic theory. His book, Sublime Understanding was published by MIT Press in 2000. The book turns classical German theories of the sublime into a theory of interpretation for works of art. In 1996, Dr. Pillow joined the faculty of Hamilton College in upstate New York and was awarded tenure there in 2003. After serving as chair of the Philosophy department, he spent three years as Hamilton's associate dean of faculty before joining the Corcoran in 2007. 

The student speaker for DCAD’s Class of 2014 is Interior Design major Aliyah Pair of Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Pair will be attending Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA following graduation from DCAD.

A reception for graduating students and their guests will be held in the Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery of the Delaware College of Art And Design following the commencement ceremony. 

The Delaware College of Art and Design was founded through a unique collaboration between Pratt Institute in New York and the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., two of the country’s oldest and finest art schools. Upon receiving their AFA degree, most DCAD graduates transfer to Pratt, The Corcoran or other outstanding institutions to complete a BFA degree. 

The Delaware College of Art and Design opened in the fall of 1997 with generous support from the local and state community of individuals and corporations. DCAD is located at 600 N. Market downtown Wilmington.

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