ACAD 2015 Convocation Celebrates Graduates, Families + For the First Time Give Honorary Degrees

Calgary, AB – the Alberta College of Art + Design will be honouring graduating students from the Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts programs with a Convocation ceremony Thursday, May 14 at 1:00 pm, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium followed by an opening reception for the Graduating Show at 4:00pm – 8:00pm at ACAD.

For the first time, ACAD will present honorary degrees in recognition of two extraordinary young artists and first-year ACAD students, whose promising lives were taken too soon in 2014. The families of Zackariah Rathwell and Gillian O’Blenes will be accepting the honorary degrees.

Keynote address to the graduates will be delivered by Calgary's poet laureate Dr. derek beaulieu, award-winning instructor at ACAD of Creative Writing, Theory and Contemporary Canadian Literature.

When looking ahead to the day, President + CEO Dr. Daniel Doz remarked, “Convocation is a time to especially thank the family, friends and loved ones of our graduands for their dedication as sounding boards for ideas, shoulders to lean on, and tireless cheerleaders over the years.”

Doz continued, “In addition to honoring our graduates and their families, the day is also about thanking and celebrating ACAD’s Board of Governors and volunteers, along with our tireless and dedicated instructors, technicians and staff at ACAD.” 

Special recognition will be given in honour of four extraordinary creators and now Professor Emeriti who are moving on to new adventures; Gary Olson, Greg Payce, Ken Webb and Tim Zuck.

Anthea Black, BFA with distinction, 2003 (Drawing) will also be awarded the ACAD Board of Governors’ Alumni Award of Excellence. The Award recognizes the truly outstanding accomplishments of an ACAD alumnus who has earned national or international prominence as a result of their outstanding professional/ artistic achievements and/or service to society.

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