Approximately 240 undergraduates received their degrees during the College of Arts and Architecture's 2013 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4, in Eisenhower Auditorium. The commencement speaker was Steven J. Tepper, associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University and research director for the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), which tracks the lives and careers of arts graduates nationwide.
According to Tepper, arts graduates are better prepared for citizenship. "Research has demonstrated that creative people are more tolerant of others, more open minded, less ideologically rigid, less punitive toward people they disagree with, and more resilient in the face of change. In short, I would argue, creative people make better citizens."
For Tepper's complete speech, click here.