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“Genius grant” winner and Growing Power CEO Will Allen praised the creativity of MIAD’s 2010 graduating class at the college’s commencement ceremony on May 15 in the Milwaukee Public Library’s Centennial Hall.

Allen, the only Milwaukeean to receive a "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts at the ceremony, which conferred Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees to 135 MIAD graduates.

Faculty Speaker/Communications Design Professor Dale Shidler thanked the 2010 graduates for “choosing MIAD as the place to develop your talents… To challenge yourself and all of us to be the very best.”

He also thanked the students for their inspiration, and for “not being satisfied with the satisfactory,” for wanting “the excellent, the superb and the sublime.”

In addition to selecting Shidler as the Faculty Speaker, graduating seniors also elected student speakers Josephine Rice (Interior Architecture and Design) and Benjamin Miller (Integrated Studio Arts; Dean’s List). The new MIAD alumni join thousands of others who use their innovative skills in creative careers in the business, education, arts and non-profit sectors.