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Commencement 2016


Curtis Celebrates the Class of 2016

On May 14, Curtis awarded degrees, diplomas, and certificates to 47 graduates. Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Honorary doctorates went to the eminent composer George Crumb and the outgoing chair of the Curtis board, Nina Baroness von Maltzahn; and Yumi Ninomiya Scott (Violin '67) received a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her 46 years on the Curtis faculty.

Speakers included Thomas Collins, president of the Barnes Foundation; and graduating students Xavier Foley and Laura Park.


Xavier Foley (Double Bass '16) 

"If the act of creating fine art is a way for us to offer value to the world around us... then it would only make sense to say that students and graduates of Curtis have the sole responsibility to continue this creation of fine art for current and future generations." -Xavier Foley (Double Bass '16) 


Laura Park (Violin '16)

"Although we're graduating we never really leave. So much of what has happened and what you've learned at Curtis becomes a part of you, like the Curtis logo has been tattooed on your heart."