Kendall College announces virtual commencement ceremony, online student exhibitions

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Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris University will be celebrating its senior class throughout the week.

KCAD’s 2020 commencement ceremony will stream on KCAD’s Facebook page at 10 a.m. Saturday, and its annual student exhibitions, which normally transform the campus into a massive gallery space, will begin streaming online at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

“This is not the spring any of us had in mind, but we felt it absolutely vital to do everything in our power to celebrate the KCAD class of 2020, and all they’ve worked so hard to achieve as best as possible under the current circumstances,” KCAD Interim President Tara McCrackin said. “We hope to hold physical events when it is safe to do so, but for now, we’re thrilled to be able to shine a light on these amazing students for the whole world to see, and we’re so proud of everyone in our community for rallying together and going above and beyond to make this possible.”

The school’s graduation ceremony will be in the form of a preproduced video. The ceremony will resemble the school’s traditional commencement, which includes a valedictorian address, graduate address, faculty farewell address, the ceremonial conferral of degrees, individual recognition of each graduate, complete with their headshot, a list of academic honors and an image of work they’ve chosen to represent their creative practice.

The exhibitions on display for the school’s annual student exhibitions are:

Master’s Thesis Exhibition: Featuring the fully-developed work of those students who have completed their graduate studies at KCAD and offering a window into their creative process.

Excellence Awards Exhibition: Showcasing KCAD’s 2020 Excellence Award winners, those graduating undergraduate students who exhibit a rare level of mastery and accomplishment in their chosen field.

Undergraduate Senior Exhibition: Converging creative work from each graduating undergraduate student into a powerful reflection of the breadth and depth of their talent and accomplishments.

KCAD’s annual Excellence Awards ceremony will be on Friday, streaming online to a private audience. The ceremony honors awardees in front of their families and friends with a spoken tribute given by their faculty and a presentation of a slideshow of their work.

“That our community has stood united in the face of these immense challenges to support our students’ creative, professional and personal growth is no surprise because it’s in our DNA,” McCrackin said. “A KCAD degree matters, not because it comes from a big school in a big city, but because it’s driven by a personalized approach to understanding who our students are, what drives them to create and the mark they want to make on the world. Only then can we empower them to be the creative leaders and problem-solvers the future so desperately needs.”

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