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June 2021

Please join me in welcoming the Class of 2021! We were thrilled to celebrate your many accomplishments on June 5 with a virtual program and in-person degree conferral under a tent on South Water Street. I encourage all alumni to connect with each other through the programs offered by the Alumni Association, like the RISD Network, and mark your calendars now for RISD Commencement + Reunion Weekend coming in June 2022!

Along with the exciting changes for our newly graduated students, the RISD community also faces another change—RISD President Rosanne Somerson retires at the end of this month. In a recent letter, Board of Trustees Chair, Michael Spalter reflected on President Somerson’s many achievements over her six-year tenure. We sincerely thank President Somerson for her dedication and service to RISD and we look forward to working with her as President Emerita in the years to come.

During my service as the Alumni Association President—and especially over this past year—the creativity, resilience and perseverance of RISD’s alumni, students, faculty and staff have humbled and amazed me. During this period of rapid change, I am reminded of the words shared at Commencement from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and honorary degree recipient Lynn Nottage, “...a bumpy road is where discoveries are made.” I am hopeful that the discovery and growth that we have made, individually and universally, will continue to inspire our creativity, help us lead with empathy and embrace a new world grounded in the strength of our community.

Sincerely,Donald Choi signature

Donald Choi BArch 82 P 07
RISD Alumni Association

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Celebrate Pride Month with the launch of RISD’s newest affinity group for LGBTQIA+ identifying alumni who are interested in connecting within the RISD Network, sharing their work and stories, and building an inclusive and intersectional community. Please help us be a resource for others and increase dialogue and visibility on campus and beyond.
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1877 Society donors have created a challenge… If we can get 300 101 donors by June 30 they will contribute $100,000 to kickstart a new wave of giving. As of today 199 donors have joined the challenge. Help us reach our goal!
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Welcome Class of 2021!
You are part of a global community of more than 30,000 alumni and your journey with RISD does not end at graduation! We invite you to explore all the Alumni Association has to offer, from regional clubs and affinity groups, to connecting with fellow alumni through the RISD Network and more.
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RISD Design Diploma
Help the Alumni Association Traditions Committee tell the story of one of RISD's unique and treasured traditions. Dating back to 1970, the RISD design diploma is an object designed by a member of the graduating class and gifted to seniors as a memento. Submit a photo or a story about your design diploma and what it means to you.
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RISD Museum reopens
The RISD Museum is open to the public with free access to the Museum on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5 pm to 7 pm, and all day on Sundays presented by Chase. Museum hours: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 10 am–5 pm; Thursday and Friday 12–7 pm.
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RISD's strategic communications
RISD kicked off a positioning initiative earlier this spring as part of the strategic plan to shape how the institution presents itself to the world. We have met with 100+ stakeholders inside and outside of our community as part of the research phase of this work.

Join us for a community forum on June 21 at 1 pm ET to hear about the ideas and themes that emerged, ask questions and offer feedback.
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Life after RISD
Have a new project you are excited about? Maybe a new installation, exhibition or publication? Perhaps you recently won an award, were appointed to a board, took a new job or got married? We love to learn what our alumni are working on and to share your news with our community of artists and designers.
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Commemorating Juneteenth
Now an official holiday at RISD, Juneteenth is a time of celebration and reflection as we commemorate one of the most momentous events in American history—the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans in Galveston, TX. Recognition of this event is a key part of RISD’s commitment to being an anti-racist, equitable and inclusive institution.
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Deadline extended – book a tour today!
The semester has ended, the weather is heating up and the world is opening up! Don’t miss out on the great Alumni Travel opportunities happening in 2021-2022!
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