Transform lives, PCA&D grads told
·48 receive diplomas. BY DAVID O'CONNOR, Staff Writer
Some young people stood and offered a long, rousing applause for others who were with them Saturday at Franklin & Marshall College's Hensel Hall.
Those doing the applauding were the 48 new graduates of the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.
Those on the receiving end were the families and others who made the new graduates' success possible -- in fact, "it's not possible without them," as one college official noted.
That success also would not have been possible without their instructors, graduates Emily Adleblute and Tim Coleman said just before Saturday's dignified, but also fun, commencement ceremony began.
The speaker for the graduation, held in F&M's Barshinger Center for Musical Arts, was writer Kerry Sherin Wright, director of F&M's Philadelphia Alumni Writers House.
She gave a 15-minute, fun-but-serious address urging the new graduates to be like artists she has known who "at their best, transformed the lives of the people who encountered them."
The 22-year-old Adleblutt is an Etters native who now lives in Lancaster and already has a couple of jobs lined up, one illustrating for a Seattle author's book and the other designing for a sports-fitness company.
"Being in illustration, I know that not only do they (instructors) push us to improve our technique and help us to refine our art in general, but to also better market yourself and (learn) the business aspect," Adleblute said.
"Those are things you never think about on your own."
The 23-year-old Coleman, meanwhile, graduated Saturday as a fine art major, specializing in performance and using photography to capture stills.
The Atlantic City, N.J., resident is heading to graduate school at the University of Washington, in Seattle, and said it was the PCA&D faculty "who really mentored me to want to go to grad school in the first place."
They also helped him with things like application letters and editing his portfolio, said Coleman, who wants to be an exhibiting artist and/or a teacher of photography or sculpture.
"A lot of things are trial-and-error, seeing if something looks good, and if it doesn't, you tweak it over and over again" until it works, he added.
The downtown Lancaster school's Class of 2013 was "thoughtful, committed and hard-working," but "also likes to have fun," PCA&D President Mary Colleen Heil said.
A handful of the grads, after getting their diplomas, turned to the crowd and did something celebratory like a double-fist-pump, but the audience wasn't to be outdone.
When one graduating student's name was called, a woman in the crowd of a few hundred called out, proudly, "That's my granddaughter!"
A few seconds later, another grad's name was called. "That's my boy," a man in the audience said aloud.
PCA&D leaders also gave awards to outstanding students during Saturday's 31st annual commencement.
Samual Warren, a fine art major, had the highest grade-point average in the class of 2013, while departmental awards were given to Danielle Brown (fine art department), Nicholas Belcher (graphic design), Hannah Brooker and Alyssa Davis (illustration) and Steven Purdham (photography).
Commencement speaker Wright, who was the first director of the University of Pennsylvania's Kelly Writers House and came to F&M in 2003, is a writer of fiction, essays, and reviews, and teaches courses in contemporary and creative writing.
She encouraged Saturday's grads and audience members to write their own "six-word memoirs," encapsulating their lives in a six-word sentence, and to keep their artistic skills fresh by doodling, while she spoke.
Some of the people on hand later turned in, to Wright, their own six-word autobiographies.
"Gee, I really should grow up!" said one, while another read, "Three incredible daughters, many wonderful dogs."
Wright during her address offered one on herself -- "My college roommate dated Steve Jobs," the late Apple Computer founder.
And she paraphrased Jobs, her friend's former boyfriend, by telling Saturday's new grads, "Follow your heart and instinct, and the pattern of your particular genius will emerge."
Wright added, "Here's another six-word memoir: 'Learn your craft; exercise your power.'"
nRecipients of Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees follow with their fields of study and honors: Joel Andrew Abler, photography; Iliana Boianova Alexandrova, fine arts, cum laude; Jessica M. Alvarez, graphic design; Ryan Thomas Baer, graphic design, cum laude; John Bibbo, graphic design; Cara Eileen Schares Blatt, photography; Tori Boegli, graphic design; Owen Patrick Bradley, fine arts; Rachel Louise Cecelski, illustration; Abigail DeWitt, illustration; Rachel Distler, illustration; Linette Marie Dueño, graphic design; Deirdre Englander, illustration; Allison F. Farris, illustration, cum laude; Hannah Marie Garling, graphic design, magna cum laude; Kelly Lynn Geiges, illustration; Jessie Gray, fine arts; Kayla M. Guthrie, graphic design; Randy T. Haldeman, illustration; and Eileen M. Heasley, fine arts, cum laude.
Also, Mary Heinrichs, illustration, cum laude; Caitlin Ricci Herrschaft, fine arts, cum laude; Eric J. Hinkley, fine arts; Joanna L. Hornstein, graphic design, cum laude; Jade Hubley, graphic design; Alicia Marie Jagels, illustration; Sabrina Marie Johnson, illustration; Cassandra Kennard, illustration; Hayley Louise Linette, fine arts; Lori M. Long, illustration; Colleen McCauley, fine arts; Brittany Alyese McCurdy, graphic design; Kathleen Quinn McNichol, fine arts, magna cum laude; Ashley E. Moog, photography, cum laude; Madeline L. Mowery, illustration; Andrew Nowacoski, illustration; and Stephen J. Pala Jr., illustration.
Also, Joseph Pietrzak, graphic design; Joseph M. Riggio Jr., graphic design; Elizabeth Schatz, photography; Adam Nathan Schweitzer, graphic design; Danielle Sheerin, photography; Amy Nicole Shoemaker, photography; Andrea D. Shoultz, illustration; Jessica Slavik, illustration; Kristina Charlotte Spencer, illustration; Christian P. Spilman, fine arts; Bethany R. Stachowiak, photography; Cassandra Lee Steich, illustration, cum laude; Stephen Joseph Surotchak, photography; Stacia Nicole Sweigert, fine arts; and Alyssa D. Thomas, fine arts.