International Design Visionary Bill Moggridge to Headline University's 133rd Commencement

Other honorees include filmmaker Louis Massiah, renowned painter/printmaker Leonard Lehrer and School of Music faculty member Evan Solot

April 12, 2011

The University of the Arts has announced the honorees for its 133rd Commencement, scheduled for May 19 at Philadelphia's Academy of Music. This year's keynote speaker will be renowned industrial and interactive designer Bill Moggridge, co-founder of the global design firm IDEO and the director of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in New York, the first design practitioner to hold that position.

Widely credited with designing the look of the first commercial laptop, Moggridge is an advocate for user-centered design and has been a Royal Designer for Industry since 1988. He was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 2009 National Design Awards held at the White House.

Other honorees include noted documentary filmmaker Louis Massiah, founder of Philadelphia's Scribe Video Center, who will receive an honorary degree. The Silver Star Alumni Award recipients are renowned painter and printmaker Leonard Lehrer and award-winning composer and School of Music faculty member Evan Solot.

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