Robert Chavez, Carson Kressley, and Bernard Chan Address SCAD 2019 Graduates

L-R: Paula Wallace and Robert Chavez
L-R: Paula Wallace and Robert Chavez

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) held commencement for largest-ever graduating class last Friday in Savannah. Robert Chavez, Hermès of Paris, Inc. president and CEO of the Americas, addressed the SCAD Savannah graduating class at the Savannah Convention Center. The following day, Saturday, June 1, author and television style expert, Carson Kressley, spoke to the 2019 graduates at SCAD Atlanta. Prominent local dignitary Bernard Chan will address SCAD Hong Kong graduates on Saturday, June 8.

“SCAD celebrates our 40th year with the graduation of our largest class ever — nearly 2,900 creative professionals are entering the workforce,” said SCAD president and founder

Paula Wallace. “Celebrations will be held in Savannah, Atlanta, and Hong Kong. While we say goodbye to the Bees of ‘19, we never say adieu — we say au revoir. SCAD is family, after all! I can’t wait to see what each of these SCAD grads accomplishes next, and to invite them back to share their many successes with future generations. Once a Bee, always a Bee!”

Chavez, leader of the French luxury goods label Hermès’ Western operations, received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters prior to his commencement address Chavez, with Hermès since 2000, brought the first Hermès Boutique for Men to New York in 2010. He continues to represent the luxury house’s core values of quality, consistency, creativity and innovation throughout the world. In 2002, SCAD collaborated with Hermès to create a series of exclusive scarves based on art work by SCAD students.

Kressley, an Emmy Award-winning American television personality, actor, designer and New York Times best-selling author, addressed Atlanta’s graduating last Saturday, June 1. The fashion expert on Queer Eye, Dancing with the Stars contestant, RuPaul’s Drag Race judge, and star of Bravo’s Get a Room will accept an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Chan, a Hong Kong politician and successful businessman, will speak with SCAD Hong Kong 2019 graduates at 12 p.m., Saturday, June 8. Chan currently serves as the convenor of Hong Kong’s Executive Council and will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. SCAD will also bestow an honorary degree to Alan Au-Yeung, vice president of creative at Walt Disney Co. SCAD students won Walt Disney’s Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition the past two consecutive years.

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