On May 22 I had the great honor of shaking each graduate’s hand as they walked across the stage at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center during LIM College’s 75th annual Commencement exercises. More than 425 bright and talented women and men make up our Class of 2014, the largest in LIM College history.
As we celebrated our 75th graduating class, the past and future came together. Marching in the Commencement procession and joining us on stage were representatives from LIM College classes spanning from 1953 to 2013. These alumni have built, and many are continuing to build, impressive careers in fields ranging from merchandising to marketing, publishing, product development, human resources, real estate, finance, fine art and more.
Also present were two honorees who embody the possibilities for great success that an LIM College represents. Daniella Vitale, Chief Operating Officer of Barneys New York and a member of the Class of 1986, was the morning’s keynote speaker. She received LIM College’s Distinguished Achievement Award and an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree. Neva Hall, Executive Vice President of Specialty Stores for Neiman Marcus Stores and a 1974 graduate, was presented with the inaugural Maxwell F. Marcuse Award, which recognizes an alumna who has reached the pinnacle of success within the business of fashion.
Congratulations to all of our graduates! Whether you now embark on your careers or enter graduate school, whether you stay in New York or pack your bags for an opportunity in Los Angeles, or even Beijing, your degree signifies that you have the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to face life’s challenges head-on. I look forward to being proud of your accomplishments for many years to come.
From left: Daniella Vitale, Shannon Oriole, Elizabeth S. Marcuse, Neva Hall