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(May 6, 2014)
Retiring President Dennison W. Griffith to Address CCAD Graduates at College's 135th Annual Commencement
COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 6, 2014)—Students who came to central Ohio from across the U.S. and from South America, Asia and Europe will receive degrees from Columbus College of Art & Design when the college holds its 135th annual commencement at 10 a.m. May 10 at the Palace Theatre.
CCAD will confer 256 bachelor of fine arts degrees and 14 master of fine arts degrees. CCAD President Dennison W. Griffith is scheduled to deliver the commencement address and will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts for his accomplishments as an artist and his influence on cultural, political and topical discourse in this country and abroad.
Griffith, who will retire at the end of his contract in June, was appointed to the position in 1998 and has since overseen the construction or renovation of more than 275,000 square feet of new facilities and the installation of the college’s iconic 10-story “ART” sculpture. CCAD’s academic, community outreach and exhibition programs have all flourished under his watch.
“When Denny announced his retirement earlier this year, we thought it only fitting that we celebrate his unwavering artistic dedication and his 16 years of inspired CCAD leadership with the new graduates,” said Provost Kevin Conlon. “He leads by example with a clear passion for creating his own artwork and a dedication to the creation of our larger creative community.”
Griffith has been honored recently with numerous awards for his work as president and as an administrator, including Arts Partnership Award from the greater Columbus Arts Council; King Arts Center Legends and Legacies Award; and, most recently, the Spirit of Columbus Award from the Columbus Foundation. In April, Griffith was named a National Association of Schools of Art and Design Fellow for his years of dedication and service to the association.
Kevin Harkness, an Animation major from Franklin, Tenn., will be recognized as class valedictorian. Harkness will move to Nashville, to work as a senior technical director at Fivestone Studios.
Columbus College of Art & Design, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest private art and design colleges in the United States with 1,350 undergraduate and graduate students. CCAD offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Arts. Undergraduate students choose from nine majors: photography, industrial design, advertising and graphic design, animation, illustration, fine arts, fashion design, interior design and cinematic arts. www.ccad.edu