Recap :: BAC Commencement 2013

Photo by Sam Rosenholtz
The Boston Architectural College celebrated its 2013 Commencement on Friday May 24 at Old South Church in Copley Square. One hundred and forty-eight students graduated in the disciplines of Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Design Studies.

In keeping with BAC tradition, a jazz band accompanied graduates, special guests, and members of the Board of Trustees and Overseers in a procession through the City of Boston's historic Back Bay. They walked in full regalia from the iconic BAC building on Newbury Street to the church building in Copley Square.

Hayley Elizabeth Bouza, Bachelor of Architecture, was awarded Valedictorian of the Bachelor's Program, and Phebe Apgar Williams, Master of Interior Design, was awarded Valedictorian of the Master's Program. Hayley and Phebe were honored along with their fellow distinguished classmates at the Honors and Awards Ceremony hosted at the BAC on the evening of Thursday, May 23.

"Our graduates are encountering rapidly changing environments where their work will make interiors more healthful, buildings more sustainable, and landscapes more accessible," said President Ted Landsmark. "They will use new technologies, entrepreneurship, traditional design skills, and a commitment to public service to reshape and improve the worlds within which we live, work, and play."

The Honorable Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, the Architect of the Capital, provided the Commencement address, and be awarded an Honorary Degree along with Carl Sapers Esq., AIA (Hon.), and Morse Payne FAIA. Stephen Ayers will be awarded a Doctor of Public Design, Carl Sapers a Doctor of Design Jurisprudence, and Morse Payne a Doctor of Design Leadership.

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