2022 CCAD Commencement returns to in-person ceremony; renowned graphic designer Paula Scher to deliver address

Apr 18, 2022

2022 CCAD Commencement returns to in-person ceremony;
renowned graphic designer Paula Scher to deliver address

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Annette Witherspoon
Interim Director of Communications
Columbus College of Art & Design
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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.

CCAD’s Commencement ceremony at Mershon, part of The Ohio State University campus, is a ticketed event for graduates’ friends and family. More information about the 2022 Commencement can be found on the CCAD Commencement page.

About Columbus College of Art & Design
Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States. CCAD offers 11 BFA programs, a Master of Fine Arts, and a Master of Professional Studies in Retail Design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit ccad.edu.