Published May 16, 2017
73 Students Received Degrees and Certificates on May 13, 2017
SANTA FE —The Institute of American Indian Arts held their 2017 commencement ceremony at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) conferred degrees on 73 students, including Valedictorian Veronica Clark. Scheduled commencement speaker — actress, producer, and activist
Irene Bedard (Inupiat/Yupik/Inuit/Cree/Métis) was unable to attend due to travel issues, so IAIA Board of Trustees member Princess Daazhraii Johnson (Neets’aii Gwich’in) read the speech that Bedard had prepared.
Additionally, long-time IAIA faculty member Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw) was awarded an Honorary Doctorate during the ceremony.
Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies — and a minor in Performing Arts along with a graduate degree in Creative Writing — IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 531 Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe. IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges — and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by theNational Association of Schools of Art and Design.
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