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New MIAD Graduates

Nearly 140 students received their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design’s 2008 commencement ceremony, which was held at Centennial Hall. Natalie Schraufnagel (top) and Brad Conklin were among the speakers.

MIAD also conferred an honorary doctorate on Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton at the ceremony.

“MIAD is privileged to honor Lt. Gov. Lawton for her leadership in fostering both Wisconsin’s creative economy and the arts education that provides the innovative skills necessary for driving that economy,” said Neil Hoffman, MIAD president.

As chair of the Wisconsin Arts Board, Lt. Gov. Lawton led the successful effort to pass legislation creating tax incentives for the film and video game industry, recently announced at MIAD a partnership with the Department of Public Instruction to create the Wisconsin Task Force on Arts and Creativity in Education, and was recognized for her work nationally as an invited member of the National Arts Policy Roundtable convened last fall by Robert Redford and Americans for the Arts.

The 2008 graduates have joined MIAD’s 2,500 alumni, who fuel the state’s economy and society while serving clients worldwide. Some 80% choose to live and work in Wisconsin, negating a well-documented regional brain drain.