May 29, 2012
My Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts!
I am so proud and happy to report that I recently received an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID). NYSID was founded in 1916 and it remains today, New York’s only private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design. It’s guiding principle is that the interior design profession assumes an important role in ensuring that these spaces are beautiful, functional, healthy, safe, and built in a socially and environmentally conscientious way. Many extraordinary designers have passed through this prestigious school’s doors and I was so thrilled to be notified that I was chosen, along with three other distinguished individuals, as a recipient of an honorary degree at NYSID’s ninety-fifth commencement exercises, recognizing my influence and contributions to the word of entertaining and style.
1 Friday, May 18th, marked the 95th commencement exercises of the New York School of Interior Design. (NYSID)
2 A photo with Dr. Patricia Sovern, Chair, NYSID Board of Trustees
3 With Elliot Greene, Board of Trustees for NYSID
4 Here I am with Margaret Russell, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest, who was also the recipient of an honorary degree.
5 My friend, Jill Dienst, of Dienst + Dotter Antiques, is on the Board of Trustees for the school and I helped her affix her mortarboard.
6 Jill and I were ready for the ceremony!
7 With Susan Nagle, Board of Trustees for NYSID
8 John Saladino, the renowned architect and interior designer, was also the recipient of an honorary degree.
9 The processional
10 The designer, Alexa Hampton, is on the Board of Trustees for the school. I've known Alexa since she was a little girl!
11 With my fellow honorees! We were all so proud.
12 NYSID's 2012 recipients of honorary degrees - Amy Lau, who also delivered the commencement address, Margaret Russell, John Saladino, and myself
13 With David Sprouls, Acting President & Executive Vice President of NYSID
14 A closeup of his medallion
15 Michael Graves, who was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from NYSID last year, designed this Presidential Medallion.
16 The processional
17 The commencement ceremony was held in the beautiful Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
18 The Allen room is based on the design of a Greek amphitheater. This dramatic wall of glass measures 50'x90' and overlooks Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.
19 Sitting with my fellow honorees
20 Acting President David Sprouls shared his remarks with the class and attendees.
21 Proud family and friends gathered for the occasion.
22 The graduating students were called up by department.
23 Amy Lau, the designer and founder of Amy Lau Studio, delivered the commencement speech.
24 John Saladino shared some sage advice with the graduating class.
25 Jill introduced me.
26 And I received my honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.
27 I spoke a few words congratulating the graduates. I told them that helping people to make their homes, their work spaces, and in turn their lives more functional and more beautiful is truly a meaningful endeavor!
28 Pilar Guzman, Editor-in-Chief of Martha Stewart Living, and David Ong, Deputy Design Director at MSLO came to the commencement.
29 The graduates were all so happy!