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Commencement Speaker Colin Campbell '04 Encourages December 2009 Graduates to 'Create With a Reckless Abandon'

December Commencement took place Dec. 18 in Brown Center's Falvey Hall

Posted 12.21.09 by MICA Media Relations

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Commencement speaker Colin Campbell '04

BALTIMORE--Forty-one MICA undergraduate students received B.F.A. degrees from College President Fred Lazarus on Dec. 18 in Brown Center's Falvey Hall.

Commencement speaker Colin Campbell '04, host of the PBS series, Time Team America, challenged the students to "create with a reckless abandon for the rest of your lives. You guys are some of the best trained artists of your generation. If you don't create, I don't know who will."

Campbell related his current professional success to his freshman year at MICA, specifically through the connections he made during his positions in Residence Life. "You have no idea the foundations you have built for yourselves yet," Campbell said. "The decisions you have made that will change your life, the people you have met who could change your path."

Fiber student Peter Henry Ellis Boyce '09 delivered the undergraduate address. In his speech, he said it feels good to be set up in this critical place -- MICA -- that is diplomatic between creative people and the world around us.

Students received B.F.A. degrees in art history, theory and criticism; drawing; environmental design; fiber; general fine arts; graphic design; illustration; interdisciplinary sculpture; painting; photography; printmaking; and video and film arts.

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Image caption: Commencement speaker Colin Campbell '04

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 61 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

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