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John Malkovich to give SCAD commencement address


John Malkovich to give SCAD commencement address

01 Jun 2017

Savannah College of Art and Design has announced John Malkovich will address its largest graduating class during commencement ceremonies June 3. 

“Actor, director, clothing designer, storyteller: John Malkovich lives a life of distinct brilliance and intentional artistry,” said SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace. “His knowledge and experience is vast, his achievements multiform. SCAD is overjoyed to welcome John as our 2017 SCAD commencement speaker.”

Malkovich will address graduates at the university’s Savannah and Atlanta campuses – his first time delivering a commencement address to a university. In Savannah, he will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. In Atlanta, he will receive the SCAD Étoile in recognition of his work across a spectrum of creative disciplines including fashion, film, television and performing arts. Étoile, which means “star in the sky” in French, connotes brilliance, luminosity and glamour. The SCAD Étoile recognizes trendsetting, innovative leaders for their monumental contributions to their fields.

Malkovich’s career as an artistic polymath speaks to the vitality of more than 100 degree programs offered at SCAD, including film and television, cinema studies, dramatic writing, fashion, fashion marketing and management, fibers, performing arts and writing.

In Savannah, SCAD will also present an honorary doctorate of humane letters to Michael Buzzard, a design manager at Google. In Atlanta, SCAD will present an honorary doctorate of humane letters to technology entrepreneur Christopher Klaus.

The SCAD class of 2017 is the largest in the university’s history, with more than 2,400 graduates to cross the stage in Savannah, Atlanta and Hong Kong.