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Commencement 2015

Schedule of Events

May 15-16, 2015

Details of these activities and events may change by May 15. An up-to-date final schedule, noting time changes and locations, will be available upon your arrival on campus. Please be sure to pick one up at the Information Desk in Case Center's Commons area, second floor, on Friday, May 15, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Your senior will also receive a copy.

Friday, May 15

10 am - 5 pm

At the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery:

10 a.m. -5 p.m.

Special Exibition of the Work of Toshiko Takaezu
May 16, 2014—May 17, 2015

Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011) helped establish ceramics as a fine art medium, challenging the long-held association of pottery with craft and functionality. Moving away from traditional forms, she created closed vessels and spherical pots inspired by natural imagery, both earthly and celestial. Her rounded shapes hide mysterious interiors: some hold small clay pieces that rattle inside, while others have poetry written on their inside walls, never to be seen. Elegant and harmonious, her work invites meditation on its graceful shapes and subtle blending of colors, encouraging close examination of the clay's surface. Glazed with painterly skill, her lively brushwork treats the clay like a canvas. For Takaezu, glazing involved her whole body, an uninhibited dance open to chance and serendipity. By accepting the accidents of the process, she made each work unique and unrepeatable. Art-making was integral to Takaezu's life, as necessary as all other daily tasks.

Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Painting from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century
January 21—May 17, 2015

Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Painting from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century, comprises a collection of South Asian paintings drawn from the University of Virginia's Fralin Museum of Art and major private collections in the Southeast. The paintings represent a number of different artistic traditions and range across a span of five centuries. Themes include the stylistic relationship between Mughal and Rajput paintings and the function of book illustration. Highlights will include a rare sixteenth-century imperial Mughal painting by Khem Karan, a Rasikapriya illustration done by the famous seventeenth-century Mewari artist Sahibdin, and a portrait of the Guler ruler Raja Bishan Singh, attributed to Nainsukh.

Nicholas Krushenick
February 2—August 16, 2015

Nicholas Krushenick (1929-1999) combined witty Pop sensibilities with a myriad of artistic inspirations to create dynamic, playful paintings. Juxtaposing broad black lines with bold, flat Liquitex colors, Krushenick devised hard-edged abstractions that fill his canvases from corner to corner. Born in the Bronx, Krushenick was a prominent figure on the New York art scene throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. Using the surrounding influences of this vibrant scene as a catalyst, he developed a distinct style that straddled the line between Op, Pop, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Color Field painting. For Krushenick, this unclassifiable status was idea. As he explained: "They don't really know where to place me. Like I'm out in Left field all by myself. And that's just where I want to stay."

Alumni Invitational 4 is the fourth in a series of exhibitions that features a group of Skidmore alumni artists working at the cutting edge of contemporary art. This exhibition celebrates the vibrant creative energy of four Skidmore graduates that span fifty-years and a diverse range of mediums. For more information on these exhibits, go to http://tang.skidmore.edu/.

Working alone and in collaboration with her daughter Julia, Gayle Wells Mandle '63 makes art that addresses current sociopolitical issues.  The painting and watercolors of Grace DeGennaro '78 explore ritual, geometry, and gnomic growth through repeated forms, serial patterns, and iconic forms like circles and diamonds.  Nicole Parcher '90 makes dynamic, loosely constructed abstract paintings that evoke natural and manufactured environments. Artist and environmental advocate, Courtney Mattison '08 creates works inspired by science and marine biology.

Alumni Invitational 4 is organized by Tang Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs Rachel Seligman and supported by the Friends of the Tang.

Senior Thesis Exhibit
May 8-16, 2015

This exhibit showcases outstanding works in all media by senior studio-art  majors.

10:00 am - 12 pm Periclean Honors Forum: Recognition for Graduating Seniors and Periclean Scholar Awards Ceremony
Filene Recital Hall, Filene Hall

Held annually, the Periclean Scholar Awards competition recognizes excellence by awarding up to four prizes to seniors for distinguished projects in all disciplines.  Periclean Scholar Awards recipients share the honor of this achievement at a ceremonial presentation of the project open to the College community.  Following these presentations, Honors Forum members who are graduating seniors will receive their recognition medals. A reception will follow to celebrate graduating HF seniors and Periclean Scholar Awards recipients.

12:30 pm Senior Varsity Athlete Recognition Luncheon
Main Gym, Williamson Sports Center
By invitation only.
2:00 pm Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
Gannett Auditorium

Induction ceremony for new members. Faculty, staff, students, and their families are welcome to attend. Reception follows.

3:30 pm Class of 2015 Parents Fund Brick Dedication Ceremony
Case Center Plaza (Rain plan - Case Center)

A brief ceremony for seniors, families, and friends to dedicate the Class of 2015 brick pathway, given by the families of the Class of 2015 in honor of their graduating seniors. Each brick is engraved with the name of the student whose parents participate in the Class of 2015 Parents Fund.

For more information about Class of 2015 Parents Fund, call Ann Dejnozka, Director of Family Leadership Giving, at 518-580-5635 or visit 

4:30 - 6:30 pm President's Reception
Scribner House, 791 North Broadway

President Philip A. Glotzbach and Marie B. Glotzbach greet seniors, their guests, trustees, faculty, and staff at their home, historic Scribner House.

Saturday, May 16

8:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast
Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, Skidmore College Campus

Families, friends, and seniors are welcome as guests of the College.

10:00 am Commencement Procession Formation
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Spa State Park

Seniors arrive, pick up diplomas, and form processional.

10:30 am Faculty members and platform party members form processional.

Audience members are asked to be seated by this time.

10:40 am

104th Commencement Exercises
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Spa State Park

This event will be live-streamed.

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Post-Commencement Reception
Murray Aikins Dining Hall, Skidmore College Campus

Come Celebrate!  Please join graduates, families, friends, faculty and staff for a celebratory reception following the Commencement Ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of Skidmore College's Class of 2015.