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2012 GraduationOn May 12, 153 seniors celebrated their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with their parents, families and guests at the 2012 Commencement Ceremony, held for the first time in Milwaukee’s majestic and historic Pabst Theater.

In addition to the awarding of undergraduate degrees, emeritus honors were conferred on Al Balinsky (Photography) and Anne-Ghory Goodman (Communication Design).

Follow are excerpts from some of the ceremony’s speakers.

Throughout these four years, I finally understand that you cannot put a price on personal growth. Not only was I here to learn how to become a better designer, but also a better problem solver, critic, leader, team player, friend and person.
Julie Xiong ’12, Communication Design; Student Speaker
read Julie’s speech

If you, like me, are happy to see your life grow around other things than your job, and choose to see your time on Earth as a continuous education rather than a series of means to ends, then I am here to say that we will be fine.
Stephen Strupp ’12, Integrated Studio Arts; Student Speaker
read Stephen’s speech 

The MIAD community is one that imagines new solutions, that honors internal views and visions, that privileges experimentation, and that embraces difference. You are ready. As makers and doers, you are better prepared than most for a world that is always changing.
Barbara McLaughlin, Ph.D., Professor of Writing and Humanities; Faculty Speaker

Learning is a sustained commitment of one’s inquiry in the world, the daily application of an open mind, the formulation of questions, the shaping of problems, the pursuit of challenges, and the exploration of media, exploring with one’s hands, one’s eyes, one’s tools, one’s mind – always pushing beyond what one knows. Every day. This is what makes a studio education so enriching, so distinct, so intense.
David Martin, Vice President of Academic Affairs

I represent a group of prominent community and business leaders, each of whom has experienced success after graduating. We would probably not agree about what we thought about one another’s colleges, but we all agree about one college we admire and stand in awe of – MIAD.

Few of us have been trained in the disciplines you have focused on, but we all share a view of creativity’s central importance to commerce today. Each of you will bring your well-honed creative approach to your communities, and it is this annual release of such creative talent that prompts this board to work for and admire this college so much.
Allen W. (Sandy) Williams, Jr., Chair, Board of Trustees

I watched you grow in many ways over the last four years and marveled at your participation in the life of the college. Your involvement in student government, exhibitions, panel discussions and critiques; in helping to assess ways to improve the college; and in designing, renovating and managing your Student Union, all have significantly enhanced the quality of the overall experience of the MIAD community. You have been a catalyst in making MIAD a very special place.
Neil Hoffman, President

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