Commencement 2022: The Class of 2022 joins the ranks of PCA&D alumni

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Monday, May 9th, 2022

The Class of 2022 became Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s 46 newest alumni on May 6, receiving their BFA degrees in front of a standing-room-only audience of family and friends at the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts. 
A recording of Commencement can be found below.
PCA&D was honored this year to welcome Heather E. McGowan as Commencement Speaker. A future-of-work strategist and author, McGowan has been ranked by LinkedIn as its number one global voice for education. With Chris Shipley she is author of The Adaptation Advantage, released in 2020. In her address, McGowan cited practical data, conceptual insights from her work, and emotional insight to note the rapidly increasing pace of change in the world. Her conclusion: That it is innovators and creatives who are best positioned to use their experience with critique, and with evolving skills, to develop not only careers but also solutions.  
PCA&D’s Honorees at Friday’s ceremonies included: 
Trustees’ Award for Faculty Excellence: Matt Allyn Chapman, Foundation faculty
Trustees’ Award for Staff Excellence: Natalie Lascek, Director, Center for Creative Exploration
Distinguished Alumnus: Dr. Vu Nguyen, artist and practicing physician
Medal of Honor: Dr. Damaris Rau, Superintendent, School District of Lancaster, public and urban education advocate
Medal of Honor: Tom Scullin, artist and PCA&D co-founder
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and Trustee Emeritus: Robert A. Brandt Jr., founder of the Benchmark construction firm and longtime College supporter
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts: Heather E. McGowan, author and future-of-work expert. 
Student Commencement Speaker: Aubrey Maurer, Fine Art
Departmental Awards:
Animation & Game Art: Daisy Brooks
Fine Art: Aubrey Maurer
Graphic Design: Kelly Phan
Illustration: Alicia Groff
Photography & Video: Kennedy Toomey
Liberal Arts: Anthony Rudderow
Award for Academic Excellence (highest GPA): Kylie Hileman, Fine Art
Mary Colleen Heil Vanguard Award: Aidan Thackray, Illustration

Founders’ Award for Excellence in Leadership: Delaina Jolley, Illustration

For more photos from the day’s ceremony as well as that evening’s public opening of the 2022 Senior Show, check out the College’s Instagram highlights at @pcad_edu