Medal of Honor Bestowed at Commencement, May 19, 2008
Frankie Martin received the 2008 Medal of Honor at MICA's Commencement on May 19. MICA President Fred Lazarus read the citation to her and presented her with the award. Martin retired in May as director of multi-ethnic & international student affairs after 15 years at the College.
Here is the text of the citation:
"Frankie Martin, you came to this campus 15 years ago as a mentoring specialist, and the place has never been the same. Not only did you set up the first network to support African-American students, but you then grew that program to ensure that international students could also prosper in new and challenging environments.
As director of multi-ethnic affairs, you created many of the College’s signature events, including the Fashion Show, International Education Week, the Caribbean Carnival, and this year’s memorable Unity Week celebration honoring the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. You have also been instrumental to MICA’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, serving on the steering committee and exploring ways of making the College even more sensitive to different perspectives.
Frankie, you have made an enormous difference in the lives of hundreds of students and alumni, and that is your greatest legacy. The Diversity Initiative that has been embraced by the whole College will ensure that your goals for MICA will be realized. Several weeks ago, many of the individuals you supported as a mentor established the Frankie Martin Scholarship to thank you for your work on their behalf. As further recognition for all that you have done for this College and its community, Maryland Institute College of Art hereby bestows upon you its highest award, the 2008 Medal of Honor."
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 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and open studies students from 48 states and the District of Columbia and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report, 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.