Welcome and Congratulations
Congratulations and best of luck to the distinguished graduates of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, Class of 2021.
Join us at this web page on Saturday, May 1, 4:00 pm ET for a YouTube Premiere commencement ceremony, with commencement speaker Nekisha Durrett (MFA ‘00).
Congratulations to the Class of 2021
Bachelor of Arts
Seth St. Pierre
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Big Idea Award
In memory of alumna Penny W. Stamps, and provided with generous support from the Stamps Family, friends, and other supporters in the community, the Big Idea Award provides $25,000 to a Stamps senior or a team of Stamps Seniors to help launch a major, ambitious project after graduation – a project that calls on the student or team to commit their moral and intellectual capital to their Big Idea.
Atharva Kharkar Memorial Award
This award recognizes a student who is passionate in their creative voice and area of focus, inspirational to those in their community, committed and determined to have a positive impact, and is a talented storyteller.
Jean Paul Slusser Award – MDes Thesis Project
This award honors a student who understood and embraced the MDes program goals and will be a strong ambassador for our program in the world, as nominated by MDes faculty.
Jean Paul Slusser Award – MFA Thesis Project
This award honors MFA students whose work was recognized for excellence by 2021 MFA Thesis Jurors Jane Jin Kaisen, Sarah Rose Sharp, and Amanda McDonald Crowley.
Senior Studio Award
This award recognizes two students who are deemed to have the best BA project in their graduating class.
Integrative Project Written Thesis Award
This award is being given to two graduating Stamps seniors, to recognize their writing and research during the Integrative Project course. During a time when there was limited access to studios and challenges to making work, these students engaged with research and reflection that not only informed their work, but transformed their practice.
Integrative Project Award
This award recognizes two BFA students in each IP section who are deemed to have exceptional Integrative Project outcomes and processes.
This award recognizes an outstanding student as nominated by faculty. The selected student is a strong representation of the values of the Stamps School of Art & Design and demonstrates excellence in quality of work, scholarship, and their contributions to the school and their community.
Candy R. Wei Prize for International Studies in Art & Design
The Candy R. Wei Prize for International Studies in Art & Design is awarded to four Stamps seniors every year in recognition of exemplary art influenced by their international experience.
Summa Cum Laude
Summa Cum Laude honors are given to undergraduate students whose cumulative grade point average places them in the top three percent of the graduating class.
Phi Beta Kappa
As America’s most prestigious honor society, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts & sciences and championed free thought since 1776.