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|Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing wears the academic hood and scarf especially made for her in her role as President of NSCAD University. In a NSCAD twist, the hood and scarf feature the colorful kaleidescope pattern of NSCAD's stone lions by third-year design student Ksenia Azanova. It is the same design that appears on this year's Graduation Catalogue. The academic regalia was designed and sewn by Gary Markle, professor of fashion, and Prof. Taylor-Gearing. |
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NSCAD University Chair and Members of the Board of Governors, Honorary Degree Recipients, Esteemed Academic Colleagues, Alumni, Families, Friends, Supporters and Graduands:
Thank you all for joining us today to celebrate the distinction of academic achievement of the Class of 2015 and to bestow NSCAD’s highest honour upon the distinguished honorary degree recipients; I stand before you as NSCAD University’s 21st President.
Presidential installations are defining moments of transition for universities, a time to recognize the accomplishments of the past and herald the future. It is with a profound sense of privilege and responsibility that I accept this role of service and Seal of Office and assume the presidency of NSCAD University.
Thank you Chair and Board of Governors for the trust you have placed in me and I offer my absolute commitment to uphold the values of NSCAD University, leading and advancing its mission through my term of office.
Thank you to students, faculty and staff for your warm welcome. To alumni and supporters for your enthusiastic handshakes and to my colleagues and Presidents of the Atlantic Provinces Universities, thank you for your gracious welcome to the table. I am also honoured to have received so many formal greetings from universities across Canada.
Thank you to Chair of the Board for his guidance and support through these past months as I transitioned to NSCAD and Nova Scotia. His presence and contribution is steadfast and I am grateful for his leadership and his commitment to students and their success and the success of NSCAD.
I am very proud that we are here to celebrate this day together and, as President I signed each and every parchment to be awarded today. As I did so I realized how many students I have met, your names I recognized, and your creative work I visualized.
You have invited me in to your studios, to your exhibitions and shows; I am impressed, and you are all the brightest stars of the future.
Graduating Class of 2015, you are talented and amazing and what I recognize is that you have been nurtured and challenged by dedicated faculty and staff to achieve your potential. I would like to acknowledge the faculty and staff of NSCAD University for their commitment to teaching and supporting each of you in your accomplishments in the art school tradition.
The creative community of NSCAD, has a world-wide reach and is a close family, we share a great deal and in recent times, when NSCAD’s very existence came under threat everyone near and far came together to witness the value of this 128-year-old art school tradition. Those days are behind us and NSCAD University is well positioned to move forward as an independent institution where critical and creative thinking, problem solving and risk taking are fundamental to everything we do.
I would like to acknowledge the leadership of my predecessor President Dr. Daniel O’Brien and the support of NSCAD Alumni.
I am NSCAD, We are NSCAD and together we can achieve extraordinary results.
Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing
May 16, 2015