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COLUMBUS, Ohio—After two years of virtual graduation ceremonies, members of Columbus College of Art & Design’s Class of 2022 will walk across the Mershon Auditorium stage as the college returns to a fully in-person Commencement on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. Eminent graphic designer Paula Scher will deliver the Commencement address to graduating seniors and Master of Fine Arts students.

Paula Scher is one of the most acclaimed graphic designers in the world. She has been a principal in the New York office of the distinguished international design consultancy Pentagram since 1991, where she has designed identity systems, environmental graphics, packaging and publications for a wide range of clients that includes, among others, the Public Theater, the Museum of Modern Art, the High Line, the Metropolitan Opera, Tiffany & Co., Citibank, and Microsoft. Scher has been the recipient of hundreds of industry honors including the National Design Award and the AIGA medal. She is an established artist exhibiting worldwide, and her designs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and other institutions. A documentary on Scher and her work can be seen in the Netflix series “Abstract: The Art of Design.”

“It’s a pleasure to be able to recognize our creative and hard-working students in person as we send them off into their next endeavors,” said CCAD President Melanie Corn. “I’m honored to have one of the most influential graphic designers in the world, Paula Scher, join us. Paula’s work, which revolutionized graphic design with her use of typography in works that range from pop-culture to fine art, makes her an important figure for up-and-coming designers.”

Scher will also receive an honorary doctorate. CCAD awards one or two honorary doctorate degrees each year to distinguished individuals because of their outstanding creative achievement; eminence in art, design, or a related field; and/or significant leadership in the arts or broader contemporary cultural conversation.