Annual Events & Series

Celebrating the Class of 2020

2020 Commencement Schedule

All events are scheduled for Eastern Time (ET)

Class of 2020 Online Commencement Exhibition and Marketplace - Live Now at

All MICA Gathering - June 26, 5 p.m.

Featuring local DJs and a variety of musical styles, the lineup for this event includes 30-minute sets from DJ  Pancakes, J Stash, Mimi Moss, Logicoma, and Allen Hansrisuk.

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Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony - Streaming on on June 26, 9 a.m.

Reading of Baccalaureates Candidates by Department, 10 a.m.

10:05, Animation, Humanistic Studies + Animation, Architectural Design

10:10, Art History, Theory, & Criticism, Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber, Humanistic Studies + Fiber

10:15, Film & Video, Humanistic Studies + Film & Video, Game Design,

10:20, General Fine Arts, Humanistic Studies + General Fine Arts, 

10:25, Graphic Design, Humanistic Studies + Graphic Design

10:35, Illustration, Humanistic Studies + Illustration

10:40, Interactive Arts, Interdisciplinary Sculpture

10:45, Painting, Photography

10:50, Printmaking, Humanistic Studies + Printmaking, Product Design, Humanistic Studies + Product Design, Additional Faculty & Student Remarks

11:00, Recessional

Please note: Times are estimated and subject to change.

Reading of the Master's Candidates by Department, Noon

Master of Fine Arts

12:00, Community Arts, Curatorial Practice 

12:05, Filmmaking , Graphic Design , LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting

12:10, Illustration Practice , Mount Royal School of Art

12:15, Photography & Electronic Media MFA, Rinehart School of Sculpture MFA, Studio Art MFA

Master of Arts, Noon

12:18, Art Education

12:20, Design Leadership, Graphic Design

12:25, Illustration, Social Design

12:30, Teaching

Masters of Professional Studies

12:30, Business of Art & Design, Information & Data Visualization, UX Design

12:35, Additional Student Remarks

12:45, Recessional

Please note: Times are estimated and subject to change.

Related Events

Screenings - Streaming here on June 25, 3:45 - 5:55 p.m.

  • Animation - 3:45 - 5:25 p.m.
    Film & Video - 5:30 - 5:55 p.m.

Message from President Hoi

To the unstoppable MICA Class of 2020!

This Spring Semester was unlike any other, but it did not stop you from overcoming all obstacles to get to this important milestone. All of us are so incredibly proud of you. Please know that we understand and share with you the deep sense of loss you feel with the campus closure. We are committed to celebrating you and your accomplishments in an extended way beyond today.

Congratulations, Class of 2020! You have our enduring love, admiration, and support.



Samuel Hoi



MICA Traditions

2020 Commencement Program

MICA Traditions

The Chain of Office and Medallion

The Chain of Office and Medallion is worn by MICA’s president during Commencement. The Medallion, designed by Karen Klinedinst ’85, includes symbols that represent MICA’s endurance since its founding in 1826. It is paired with the Chain, designed by Betty Cooke ’46, where each link features the name of the College’s official and acting presidents, symbolically connecting MICA’s founder to its current leader.

MICA Traditions

Academic Regalia

Modern academic regalia evolved from apparel worn by monks and students in the Middle Ages. The gown is symbolic of democracy in scholarship, and the cap is a sign of the freedom of scholarship. The hood is lined with the official colors of the institution conferring the degree and bound with velvet of the color appropriate for the highest degree achieved. MICA’s colors are brown and gold for the MFA, white and gold for the MA, and blue and gold for the MA in Art Education.

MICA Traditions

Our Velvet Beret

One special tradition at MICA is the wearing of a black velvet beret rather than mortarboards standard at other colleges and universities.

MICA Traditions

Honor Cords

Academic Honor Cords are worn by students who are awarded Cum Laude (green), Magna Cum Laude (red), and Summa Cume Laude (gold). The Art Education Honor Cord (light blue) is worn by undergraduate students accepted into the five-year BFA/MAT program. Leadership Honor Cords (bright blue) are worn by students recognized for outstanding leadership and contributions to the MICA community. Military Service Honor Cords (dark blue and gold) are worn by current members and veterans of the United States military.

MICA Traditions

Leadership in Diversity Stoles and Cords

Leadership in Diversity Stoles and Cords are worn by students recognized for leadership, academic achievement, and involvement in advancing the Center for Identity and Inclusion’s mission and vision. The stoles are red which represents power, energy, creation, passion, and love. The Adinkra Ghanaian symbol shows two conjoined crocodiles, which symbolizes democracy and cooperation and means Unity in Diversity. Other stoles include Asian Silk Stoles (silk bamboo print), Faith-based Stoles (Jewish stoles are blue and white, Christian stoles are teal), Heritage Stoles (red, green, and yellow), Hispanic Stoles (white, red, and blue), Kente Stoles from Africa (green, gold, and maroon), LGBTQIA Stoles (rainbow colors with an inverted pink triangle), and International Student Cords (white).