Commencement Ceremony 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014! On Monday, May 12, SAIC will hold its Commencement Ceremony in Chicago's historic and beautiful Auditorium Theatre at 50 East Congress Parkway.
Built in 1889 by the renowned architects, Adler and Sullivan, the Auditorium Theatre was originally designed to be Chicago’s premier opera house, complete with majestic architectural details and Art Nouveau-inspired embellishments. Over the next 120 years, this National Historic Landmark hosted presidential addresses, legendary concerts and musicals, and ballet performances under its iconic dome. Located in Chicago's South Loop, just a few blocks from SAIC’s campus, the Auditorium Theatre is a stunning setting for students and their families to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Celebrated artist, innovator, and community activator Theaster Gates will deliver the Commencement address to the Class of 2014 at this year's Commencement ceremony. Along with artist and lifelong friend of SAIC Ellen Sandor and renowned art critic and architectural writer Franz Schulze, Gates will receive an Honorary Doctorate from SAIC to recognize his achievement in the arts and unwavering commitment to the city of Chicago.

Commencement 2013

Acclaimed American actor, playwright, and professor Anna Deavere Smith gave an inspiring Commencement speech, in which she discusses the ideas of freedom, utility, and power in relation to artistic practice. Watch her speech.

Linda Keane, Professor of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects gave an elegant introduction to architect and MacArthur Genius Fellow Jeanne Gang, a 2013 Honorary Degree recipient. Gang is Founder and Principal of Studio Gang Architects, a Chicago-based collective of architects, designers, and thinkers whose projects confront pressing contemporary issues. Watch the introduction.

Terry R. Myers (Painting and Drawing faculty) offered his thoughts on Joe Zucker’s powerful impact on the trajectory of contemporary painting before Zucker received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts. Watch his introduction.