How Do You Get to Radio City Music Hall? Grade.

Shot of the Radio City Music Hall stage before the Pratt faculty walked onto it at graduation.

Shot of the Radio City Music Hall stage before the Pratt faculty walked onto it at graduation.

I never had the ambition to sing at Radio City Music Hall in front of a full crowd. But that’s what happened today.

Pratt’s 124th commencement ceremony took place at Radio City Music Hall. To ensure enough seats for the friends and families of graduates, all faculty attending were seated onstage behind the podium. Thus, I can legitimately say that my profession took me to the stage of Radio City Music Hall.

But that wasn’t the best part of the day. The best part of the day was spent watching several of my students accept deserved congratulations for finishing their degrees. Ranging from fine arts to architecture majors, if the work I saw from them this year is any indication, these students have bright futures ahead of them. I also was pleased to find that several of them took public transportation to the venue, as the G and M trains were packed with students in caps and gowns. That first step out of the academy is a small one, carbon-wise.

Trustee/Studio 360 host Kurt Anderson gave the commencement address, and then the assembled faculty onstage (myself included) sang the Pratt Alma Mater to close the proceedings. I cannot confirm the rumor that future commencements will be held at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center because the staff of Radio City Music Hall heard my vocal contribution to the proceedings.

Congratulations again to the class of 2013. Those of us who taught you look forward to see what you do in the years ahead.

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