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April 2021

Dear RISD Alumni,

It’s hard to believe that RISD’s Commencement is just around the corner. The college announced today that Virgil Abloh will be the commencement speaker, as well as receiving an honorary degree. Other honorary degree recipients for this year’s commencement include Elizabeth Diller, Shepard Fairey 92 IL and Lynn Nottage. June 5 is sure to be a momentous occasion for the Class of 2021. Although it will look a little different this year than in years past, it is a RISD milestone that we all share. I know that you will join me in wishing heartfelt congratulations to this year’s graduating class for all of their accomplishments and best wishes for a successful future.

I am also happy to share that the Presidential search is well underway. The Presidential Search Committee has completed their six-week listening tour that included over 20 sessions attended by more than 200 participants, including alumni. Additionally more than 400 participants completed the survey sent by the committee to the community. The search committee greatly appreciated the honest and sincere thoughts, insights, observations and hopes that you shared.

I hope you enjoy the coming spring and the warm weather that comes with it.


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Donald Choi BArch 82 P 07
RISD Alumni Association

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Join RISD online this summer from anywhere in the world. Explore nearly 30 RISD summer credit courses offered in both live and asynchronous formats. Courses are taught by RISD faculty, offer 3 credits and run for six weeks.

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As the world imagines a return to normal, Alumni Travel is imagining sharing in the joy and celebration that comes with it. Join your fellow alumni on one of the many trips we have planned starting in September of 2021.
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Virtual Talk with Author Chris Frantz 74 PT DFA 15 of the Talking Heads
Wednesday, April 21
1-2 pm ET

Hear about his book Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina, his days as an art student at RISD, life with Tina Weymouth 74 PT DFA 15, life on tour and the music scene of the 70's and 80's. Hosted by the Alumni Club of CT.
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