DCAD’s 24th Commencement

DCAD's Class of '23, about 60 students, seated in rows in their commencement robes

DCAD Class of 2023!

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Monday, May 8, 2023, 2:00 p.m.

The Baby Grand
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE 19801


Parking Information

Parking at the Customs House lot is recommended. Validation for the students and their guests, along with the Trustees and other VIPs is available. Customs House garage Levels A, B, and C sit behind the Doubletree. Entrance to the garage is 700 King Street.

Schedule of Events

DCAD 2nd Floor: 600 N. Market St.

12:00 – All graduates, board members, program chairs, staff, and faculty are expected to be on the 2nd floor of the DCAD main building for refreshments
12:50 – Students gown for photo
1:15 – Class photo, faculty and board gown
1:30 – Processional line-up
1:45-2:00 – Processional from DCAD to The Baby Grand

The Baby Grand: 818 N. Market St.

1:00 – Doors open at the The Baby Grand
2:10 – Guest seating (before processional enters Baby Grand ballroom, for those who watched the procession down Market Street)
2:15 – Processional enters ballroom to Pomp & Circumstance (stage members first, graduates second)
2:20-3:30 – Commencement ceremony
3:45 – Recessional (stage members first, graduates second, guests third)

DCAD Gallery: 600 N. Market St.

4:00 – Reception

Graduation Speaker:
Andy Cruz

Andy Cruz is the founder and creative director of the eclectic design studio and font foundry, House Industries. A standard-bearer of graphic design for over 30 years, House has created art for some of the most dynamic contemporary brands, products, and people such as: Porsche, Jimmy Kimmel, Hermès, Lego, Fortnite, Muji, Heath Ceramics, The Eames Office, and The New Yorker.

Cruz’s book, The Process is the Inspiration, is a fearless look at how curiosity and collaboration drives lasting work. JJ Abrams says in the forward: “You’ll marvel at the creativity, leadership, community, authenticity, talent, and spirit that is House Industries.”

Cruz’s work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

Headshot of Andy Cruz