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Massachusetts College of Art and Design Confers Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree to Phil Freelon

In recognition of his contributions to the arts, the Massachusetts College of Fine Arts conferred an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree to Phil Freelon during commencement ceremonies in Boston on May 19.

Freelon at Commencement

In remarks to the graduating artists, designers and architects, Phil pointed out the world of opportunities ahead. “Today’s global economy places a premium on the imagination and creativity fostered here at MassArt. Forward thinking companies are not only seeking talent from the leading business schools, they are coming to MassArt and other similar institutions because businesses understand the value of creativity.”

Concurrent with the commencement season and the honorary doctorate, a Phil Freelon architecture exhibit is installed in the President’s Gallery at MassArt from May 9– July 30.

Freelon at Commencement

Founded in 1873, the Massachusetts College of Fine Arts is the nation’s first independent public college of art and design, and the first art school in the U.S. to grant a degree. The combined undergraduate and graduate student enrollment is 1,990.