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152nd Commencement Ceremony

05/16/21, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Art Academy of Cincinnati 152nd Commencement  Ceremony

Due to current health and safety concerns the Art Academy of Cincinnati has developed its 152nd Commencement Ceremony and is structuring the event as follows, in order to keep the health and safety of our school and larger community as priority.   

The Art Academy of Cincinnati AAC invites the class of 2021 to an all-outdoor graduation celebration on Sunday, May 16 at 10:00am at Ault Park Pavilion.

Event Details
2021 Commencement Speaker
The Art Academy of Cincinnati is pleased to announce Hanif Abdurraqib as commencement speaker for our 152nd Commencement Celebration 

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.

2021 Valedictorian
Valedictorian Nytaya Babbitt (BFA 2021) will address the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree recipients and their families. Babbitt will receive a BFA in Illustration. 

2021  Distinguished Alumnus Award
Jennifer Grote (BFA 2003) will receive the 2021 Distinguished Alumnus Award. As a member of the Alumni Council (2003-2019) and President of the Alumni Association of The Art Academy of Cincinnati (2007-2010), Grote was active in fund raising for student scholarships. Organizing biannual Beaux Balls, alumni exhibitions, and activities which enhance the student experience and scholarship fundraising are a driving force in her volunteer work.

WHAT: 152nd Commencement Celebration for the Art Academy of Cincinnati 

WHEN: Sunday, May 16, 2021 10:00am to 1:00pm  

10:00: Commencement Ceremony  

11:00-1:00: Reception   

WHERE:5090 Observatory Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208  

PARKING: Parking is available onsite at the base of the cascade  

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

RSVP: Due to health precautions are required for all guestsStudents are permitted 3 guests each. RSVP HERE or scroll below.

Attendee Requirements 
The Art Academy of Cincinnati is implementing strategies recommended by public health authorities and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as determined by the AAC COVID Task Force, during this event. The AAC requires all guests to wear facial coverings, follow social distancing guidelines and encourages the use of provided hand sanitizing stations. 

In order to attend the Commencement Ceremony, all students, Faculty, Staff and guests will be required to provide documented results of a negative COVID-19 test taken between May 5 -12, 2021. Faculty, Staff, students and guests local to Cincinnati can submit results from a rapid antigen test. For guests traveling from out of town or out of state, a negative COVID-19 PCR test is required. All students, Faculty, Staff and guests must submit the results of their test to Mary Cadek, Health and Wellness Coordinator at mary.cadek@artacademy.eduAll positive results will be handled confidentially. The AAC will coordinate onsite testing for current students, Faculty and Staff; details for reserving a test are to follow. 

  • A COVID-19 test is not required for any guest that has received both COVID vaccine doses and is 2 weeks out after dose #2 (documentation required).  

With limited guests 
at the Commencement Ceremony, the AAC will livestream the event and will have on-site viewing of the livestream available on campus for students, Faculty and Staff not in attendance at the ceremony that day.  

HOW TO VIEW: Youtube livestream of live event: CLICK HERE

WHAT: 152nd Commencement Ceremony for the Art Academy of Cincinnati 

WHEN: Sunday, May 16 at 10:00am  

WHERE:Ault Park Pavilion, 5090 Observatory Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208 

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

The Art Academy of Cincinnati continues to follow the Hamilton County Department of Health and CDC guidelines. As with all events across the country, the Art Academy’s 152nd Commencement is subject to change as new information about COVID-19 becomes known and updated guidance is received. Check the AAC website for updates to this event.

Thank you to our AAC 2021 graduates, friends, and family for enduring through these critical times with radical, radiant, and rebellious creativity. 

With questions or need for assistance, please reach out to Kelsey Nihiser, Director of Student Services: kelsey.nihiser@artacademy.edu.    


Ault Park
5090 Observatory Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45208 United States
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