Parsons Graduation

Twelve Altos de Chavón School of Design Transfer Students Graduate from Parsons

Friday, May 18th, was a stunningly beautiful spring day, and at 2:30 Parsons The New School for Design, along with all the other divisions of The New School, celebrated its annual commencement. Caps and gowns, artists, designers, musicians, actors, and graduates from all the divisions were there, throngs of people in the shining sun. Some 3,258 students, the largest graduating class of the last 75, gathered at New York’s Javits Center, as sailboats and ferries slipped to and from the shore to a soft breeze blowing off the Hudson River. The soon-to-be graduates entered that crystal palace, that ungainly, gigantic green house—normally a convention center for automobile and boat shows—which was converted into an unconventional graduation auditorium and was altered by the presence of so much young talent and intellect, such enthusiasm and optimism, and just a little trepidation as to the future. It was a Babel of languages, a United Nations of skin tones, as diverse and brilliant an assembly as one could imagine.

Joel Towers, the Dean of Parsons, presided over that school’s segment of the event. Among the 1,435 Parsons students graduating, Chavón was represented by 12 eager and radiant graduates. For them this was the realization of a dream. They were Natalia Pagés, a wonderful Illustration major; Haitian Mildor Chevalier, also from Illustration, and winner of the special diversity scholarship given by Tim Marshal, The New School Provost; Carlos Quezada and Leslie Jimenez, both from the Fine Arts Department; Laura Taveras, already working at fashion designer Catherine Malandrino’s firm; Dwarmis Concepción, who had two wonderful dresses in the tightly juried Parsons benefit fashion show this May; Karla Despradel, a star student in Communication Design; Sarid Soto and Karina Nova, from Fashion; Alejandra Mayoral, a Spanish Fashion student who showed wonderful accessories at the benefit; Yvonne Tejada, from Product Design; and Sharmaine Wilson, from the U.S., in Communication Design.

 DoceEgresados de La Escuela de Diseño de Altos de Chavón se gradúan de Parsons

El viernes, 18 de mayo, durante un día de primavera, a las 2:30 Parsons The New School for Design, así como las otras divisiones de The New School, celebro su ceremonia de graduación anual.  Togas y birretes, artistas, diseñadores, músicos, actores y egresados de todas las divisiones estuvieron presentes, una multitud debajo del resplandor del sol.  Algunos 3,258 estudiantes, la clase graduanda mas grande de las ultimas 75, se reunieron en el New York Javits Center, mientras veleros y ferris entraban y salían de las costas entre las suaves brisas que soplaban del rio Hudson.  Los graduandos desfilaron dentro del palacio de cristal, un gigantesco invernadero—usualmente un centro de convenciones para ferias de automóviles y botes—ahora convertido en un auditorio de graduación poco convencional y que estuvo alterado por tanta juventud e intelecto, entusiasmo y optimismo y con un poco de temor hacia el futuro.  Era un Babel de idiomas, una Naciones Unidos de tonos de piel, tan diversas y brillantes como uno puede imaginarse en una asamblea.

Joel Towers, el Decano de Parsons, presidio sobre el segmento del evento correspondiente a esa institución.  Entre los 1,435 graduandos de Parsons, Chavón estuvo representado por doce ansiosos y radiantes egresados.  Para ellos esta culminación fue la realización de un sueño.  ellos fueron Natalia Pagés, una maravillosa ilustradora, Mildor Chevalier desde Haití, también ilustrador y ganador de la beca especial sobre la diversidad otorgada por Tim Marshall, el rector del New School; Carlos Quezada y Leslie Jiménez, ambos del departamento de bellas artes; Laura Taveras, diseñadora de modas quien ya labora en la firma de Catherine Malandrino; Dwarmis Concepción, quien tuvo dos trajes maravillosos en el desfile benéfico este pasado mayo; Karla Despradel, una estudiante estrella en el departamento de comunicaciones; Sarid Soto y Karina Nova de modas; Alejandra Mayoral, una egresada española quien mostro magnifico accesorios durante el evento benéfico; Yvonne Tejada de diseño de productos; y Sharmaine Wilson de los Estados Unidos en diseño gráfico.

Text written by Stephen KaplanTexto escrito por Stephen Kaplan

 

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