Congratulations Class of 2009!

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Yesterday was an amazing day for 6,000 friends, family, administration, faculty and the Fashion Institute of Technology 2009 graduates who filled Radio City Music Hall. Although I was not a graduate, I was their to represent the class of 2010 in the “Transfer of Colors” ceremony.

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The service was beautiful. All the graduate we happy to be done! Even though the service had an grim undertone due to the economic condition, each speaker took it as an opportunity to place a positive spin on the issue and reassure the graduates of an optimistic future.

Our Commencement Speaker was not Barack or Michelle (jealous!) but one of the most famous photographers of all time, Annie Leibovitz. When Annie approached the mic, she told the graduates that she was not accustomed to speaking so much to a group of people “without taking a picture,” but she was fascinating. She told us of her career and gave the graduates advice to teach themselves. Make their dreams come true. She, like the other speakers reminded the graduates that it is their job to turn our nation around. “We are counting on you,” she said.

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Of course I was knew who Annie Leibovitz was, but I am ashamed to say, I didn’t know how much I loved this woman’s work until I got the chance to look her up. Annie Leibovitz has taken some of my favorite photos from Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue. Many of these shoots have been saved to my computer for years.

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Later that day I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) to finally see the Model as Muse: Embody Fashion Exhibit (I’ll get to that later), and there, again, was her timeless work. She has managed to be the time keeper for pop culture for generations. She is iconic and truly a living legend.

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The ceremony also included Karen Allen who received an Honorary Doctorate Degree for her work with Karen Allen Fiber Arts, an established knitwear company.  I doubt you have heard of her company, but have heard of Karen Allen.  She is most well known for her acting role as Marion Ravenwood in Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more recently Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  Yes, she is a former FIT student.

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Tony Chi was also honored with a Honorary Doctorate Degree.  Tony Chi’s bio was extremely impressive.  After graduating from FIT’s Interior Design Program he went on to design landmarks such as the Harley-Davidson Cafe in New York and the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  I was very impressed.  Their seems to be a little FIT influence everywhere.

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The commencement was excellent overall.  Congratulations Class of 2009! I cannot wait until next year!

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One Response

  1. Woohoo! Class of 2009~!

    Tony Chi is so amazing – I have been researching him since I heard about his work during the ceremony.

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