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2020 Commencement Ceremony of the Art Academy of Cincinnati

05/09/20, 6:00 am

Commencement Ceremony of the Art Academy of Cincinnati


In accordance with our current wellness plan for the Art Academy of Cincinnati community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAC looks forward to honoring our graduating class with a virtual ceremony on the original date of graduation, May 9 at 10:00am. Celebrations that day will include addresses from the Chair of the Board of Trustees Tysonn Betts, President Joe Girandola, Dean Paige Williams, messages from the Art Academy Faculty, and addresses from the Valedictorians, Emily Petroline and Emily Tallarigo. This ceremony will serve as an immediate recognition of the vast achievements of the class of 2020 until we are able to conduct a full in-person event.

Diplomas will be mailed to the address provided in the transcript request form below, or in absence of that, to the address that you provided on your original graduation application. 


The Registrar’s Office will be providing students with a free transcript via submission through the following link: https://form.jotform.com/201043626878155



Additionally, the AAC is committed to inviting the class of 2020 to return for an in-person celebration on Saturday, October 31 at 10:00am at Memorial Hall, as long as public health guidelines permit this to take place.



VIRTUAL Commencement

WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 10:00 am

WHERE: Live event via Youtube

HOW TO VIEW: Click Here



IN-PERSON Commencement

WHAT: 151st Commencement Ceremony for the Art Academy of Cincinnati

WHEN: Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 10am

WHERE: Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

PARKING: More information can be found on the Downtown Cincinnati website by clicking here.

COST: This free event is open to Art Academy graduating seniors, family, faculty, and staff.



The Alumni Council of the Art Academy of Cincinnati will announce the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Alumnus Award soon. Details on the commencement speaker will be released soon.

Valedictorians Emily Petroline (BFA 2020) and Emily Tallarigo (BFA 2020) will address the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree recipients and their families. Petroline will receive a BFA in Illustration. Tallarigo will receive a BFA in Illustration with minors in both Creative Writing and Design.

The Commencement Ceremony will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine.



For questions about commencement, please contact Kelsey Nihiser, Director of Student Services: kelsey.nihiser@artacademy.edu



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