2015 Commencement Address: Gianfranco Zaccai, B.Arch '78

Chairman, President, and Chief Design Officer, Continuum LLC

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The Boston Architectural College celebrated its 2015 Commencement on Friday, May 22 at Old South Church in Copley Square. The College graduated 170 students in the disciplines of architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design studies.

In keeping with BAC tradition, a jazz band accompanied the graduates, special guests, and members of the Board of Trustees in a procession through the city of Boston's historic Back Bay. They walked in full regalia from the iconic BAC building on Newbury Street to the church building in Copley Square.

Gianfranco Zaccai, B.Arch '78, President and Chief Design Officer of Continuum LLC and Overseer of the College, delivered the Commencement address. He charged graduates to focus on making a true impact on the lives around them above wealth and fame. "You have received a lot of tools, insights, and skills that will help you practice your craft. Now is the time to hone your humility, to develop ever-greater empathy, a sensibility and a concern for others who are not necessarily like you," said Gianfranco. "The ultimate objective of all design is to improve our experience of the world and each other."

Gianfranco; Arthur J. Hurley III, BAC Trustee and President of Arthur J. Hurley Company Inc.; and Jeanne Pinado, Chief Executive Officer of Madison Park Development Corporation, were each awarded an Honorary Doctor of Design Leadership.

The BAC congratulates all graduates and wishes the Class of 2015 the best of luck in their future careers!