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2014 Commencement Reception

On May 1, the eve of commencement, the School of Architecture welcomed the Class of 2014 to Ruggles Studio for a reception and exhibition of student work. Students from both the BS program and the M.Arch program participated and the event allowed them to showcase their work.


Student work was presented via digital projection, large-scale posters and 3-D models. The event provided the students the opportunity to present and explain their work and for all present to see the breadth and depth of the research and the creativity involved in the design of these projects.

During the reception, School of Architecture presented awards to outstanding graduates. The Alpha Rho Chi bronze medal is given to a graduating senior who has shown an affinity for leadership, performed willing service for the school or department, and gives promise of real professional merit through his or her attitude and personality. This year’s winner was Rahgd Zaqout, B.S., 2014.

Also presented was the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate. The American Institute of Architects awards an engraved medal and certificate of merit to the top-ranking graduating student in each architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. A certificate of merit is awarded to the second-ranking graduating student. Shawn Bolanos, M.Arch 2014, was the AIA Henry Adams Certificate winner. Nicole Pandolfo, M.Arch 2014, was the AIA Henry Adams Medal winner.

Raghd Zaquot, Shawn Bolanos + Nicole Pandolfo

Raghd Zaqout, Shawn Bolanos + Nicole Pandolfo

Also recognized were the 2014 M.Arch GPA Award Winners Courtney Newhouse and Nicole Pandolfo,  2014 M.ArchDesign Award Winner Shawn Bolanos, 2014 B.S. GPA Winner Katie Ginn and B.S. 2014 Design Award Winners Elizabeth Dame + Ben Greer.


Shawn Bolanos with his mother


Nicole Pandolfo, Director George Thrush and Courtney Newhouse


Director George Thrush + Katie Ginn


Elizabeth Dame + Director George Thrush


Congratulations of the Class of 2014!