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Celebrating Commencement and Arts Excellence Awards

commencementGarbed in the traditional cap and gown, IU South Bend’s new graduates gathered at Notre Dame’s Joyce Center on May 7 for the annual commencement ceremony. Sixty-one arts students walked across the stage to collect their hard-earned diplomas, including students who graduated in December, May, and those who will graduate this August. A record-breaking 54 students graduated this spring alone.

The house was packed with graduates and their supporters in the stands. After an inspiring and emotional ceremony, the new graduates enjoyed cake and celebrated with faculty, family, and friends. Congratulation to all of our 2012-13 graduates!

Arts Excellence Awards

End-of-the-year celebrations started early in the school of the arts with the annual Arts Excellence Awards in late April. More than one third of students majoring in the arts were honored, with Dean Marvin Curtis presenting certificates to over 200 students who attained the Dean’s List by earning a 3.0 grade point average for at least one semester during the academic year. Scholarships in music, new media, visual arts, communication studies, and theatre were awarded to 42 students.

The most prestigious awards of the evening, the Arts Excellence Awards, recognize students chosen by the faculty for their superior scholarship, performance, or exhibition. Arts Excellence Awards were presented to the following:

COMMUNICATION STUDIES
Kristy Kettlehut, Communication Studies, Leadership
Diona Eskew, Mass Communication
Katie Roberts, Mass Communication
Sarah Duis, Writing

INTEGRATED NEW MEDIA STUDIES
Jamie Clark, Graphic Design
Joshua Leach, Graphic Design
Alexandria Lechlitner, Integrated New Media Studies

MUSIC
Kendrick Allenson, Music

THEATRE AND DANCE
Stephanie Wickizer, Theatre and Dance

VISUAL ARTS
Adam Horton, Art History
Jeremy Jones, Drawing and Painting
Alexandra Walker, Photography
Maclovio Cantu, Printmaking
Janet Sorensen, Sculpture

Dean Marvin Curtis presented the Dean’s Special Awards to Alfred Guillaume, John Mayrose, Inseung Park, and Michael Wade.