Welcome and Congratulations

Congratulations and best of luck to the distinguished graduates of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, Class of 2020.


Welcome and Remarks: Gunalan Nadarajan, Dean

Commencement Address: Patrice Martin (BFA ’99), CEO and Co-founder, The Holding Co.

Undergraduate Address: Joann McDaniel, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Student Address: Brad Smith, Associate Dean for Academic Programs

MDes Address: John Marshall, Founding Director, MDes Program

MFA Address: Osman Khan, Director, MFA Program

Congratulations to the Class of 2020


Bachelor of Arts

Sarah Agnone

Erin Lynn Arsenault

Elaine Janice Atzmon

Calla Beers

Roseanne Ruo Xi Chao

Danielle DeMarco

Arianna Deng

Katie Dillon

Anna DiNardi

Claire Angela Ford-Rippolone

Stephanie Carmen Francalancia

Hafsa Ghias

Natalie Giannos

Grace Dessner Gonzalez

Elizabeth J. Graves

Daisy Robyn Hall

Kinsey Harvey

Katherine Z. Ho

Priscilla Hong

Willa Hua

Natalia Alicia Ipince Leitner

Maite Iribarren

Mackenzie King

Rinette Korea

Julia Rae Lazarus

Dakota Lewis

Rachel London

Horace MacVaugh V

Samuel A. Makela

Justin L. Ni

Michelle Jeonghyun Oum

Gabriella Rosa Pascual

Jason Pi

Sam Plouff

Khanin Sae Lim

Spencer Jill Solit

Hollyann Stewart

Kathryn Amanda Torssell

Nolan Samuel Trepeck

Akaash J. Tumuluri


Congratulations to the recipients of the Stamps 2020 Commencement Awards. Their creativity, drive, and perseverance are a true inspiration, now and always.

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 one Stamps senior $25,000 to help launch a major, ambitious project after graduation.

2020 Award Winner:
Erin Wakeland
Learn more about Erin’s Big Idea here.

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 who understood and embraced the MFA program goals, as nominated by MFA Program Director Osman Khan.

Senior Studio Award

This award recognizes two students who are deemed to have the best BA project in their graduating class.

2020 Award Winners:
Sarah Agnone
Maite Iribarren

Integrative Project Written Thesis Award

This award is given to the graduating Stamps senior with the best written thesis for the Integrative Project course (IP).

2020 Award Winner:
Liana Smale

Integrative Project Award

This award recognizes two BFA students in each IP section who are deemed to have the best Integrative Project.

Candy R. Wei Prize for International Studies in Art & Design

The Candy R. Wei Prize for International Studies in Art & Design is awarded to five Stamps seniors every year in recognition of exemplary art influenced by their international experience.

Gorman Award

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.

2020 Award Winner:
Fee Christoph

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.

2020 Honorees:
Danielle DeMarco
Isabelle Wilson
Willa Hua

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.

2020 Honorees:
Ophelia Deng
Shengyuan Liu
Gillian Yerington

Celebrate Stamps Grads

Tag your Facebook/Instagram posts celebrating the Class of 2020 and we’ll include them here.

Faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends: use #stampswisdom to share words of encouragement.
Graduating students: Use #stampsgrad to tag a virtual speech, say thanks, or show off your DIY graduation cap.