Class Day 2018: Awards Ceremony and Address

Paola Antonelli

The Harvard Graduate School of Design’s 2018 Class Day activities will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Class Day activities at the GSD include class photos and ceremony rehearsal for graduates, the Awards Ceremony and Class Day Address, and a reception for graduates and their guests.

The Class Day Awards Ceremony and Address will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, in the Gund Hall Backyard.
Schedule Overview

• Morning: Class photos and ceremony rehearsal
• Mid-afternoon: Class Day Address and GSD Awards Ceremony
• Early evening: Reception for graduates and their guests

Please visit the GSD’s Commencement page for more information about Commencement week activities. You may also wish to view the university-wide Commencement site.

The GSD has named Paola Antonelli as its 2018 Class Day speaker. Antonelli joined The Museum of Modern Art in 1994 and is a Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture & Design, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. With a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan, Paola Antonelli has also earned Honorary Doctorate degrees from the Royal College of Art and Kingston University, London, the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and Pratt Institute in New York. She has curated numerous shows, lectured worldwide, and has served on several international architecture and design juries.

Her most recent exhibition, Items: Is Fashion Modern?, devoted to 111 items of clothing that have had a strong impact on the world in the past 100 years, opened at MoMA in October 2017. She is currently working on the next Triennale di Milano, entitled Broken Nature (March 2019); on the book States of Design; and on a new Theory of Everything for design.

She can be found on Twitter as @CuriousOctopus, and on Instagram as @paolantonelli.


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