College of Arts, Media and Design Class of 2021


Congratulations Class of 2021!

Before Commencement at Fenway Park, we want to celebrate you and your accomplishments during a virtual CAMD Graduation Celebration at 10 a.m. EST on Thursday, May 6. This college-wide celebration is for our graduating Undergraduate and Graduate students, their loved ones, as well as CAMD faculty and staff.

The celebration will be live-streamed here as well as on our Facebook page and immediately following will be Department gatherings, which will take place on Zoom.

Department Gatherings

These gatherings are open to all of our graduating students, faculty, staff and loved ones. Following our college-wide celebration, please join your Department gathering by clicking the appropriate link below.

Art + Design | Join Here
Passcode:  071596

Architecture | Join Here

Communication Studies | Join Here

Journalism | Join Here
Passcode: 750930

Music | Join Here
Passcode: 698568

Theatre | Join Here
Passcode: 261645

CAMD Alumni Speakers

Skye Morét
Master of Fine Arts | Information Design & Data Visualization Class of 2016

Skye is a data-driven designer and marine scientist. Her diverse background on the ocean—having sailed 100,000 miles around the globe—fuels her abiding belief in the power of art and design to critically engage citizens with the ecological complexities and dependencies of our planet. Skye’s work uses data-driven design and visual storytelling to investigate the relationship between nature and technology-mediated human expectations and experiences. Through in situ investigations, frequently in marine and aqueous locations, she seeks to more deeply explore our human understanding of what information and systems make a place ‘a place’ and communicate this through design that transcends traditional academic formats. Skye currently consults for the United Nations Environment Programme as a Knowledge Management and Digital Partnership Specialist. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Collaborative Design and Design Systems graduate program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Since graduating from Northeastern, Skye has been the Design Director at data visualization studio Periscopic in Portland, Senior Researcher on TBA–21 Academy’s Ocean Archive project out of Europe, and she has freelanced for clients ranging from The Nature Conservancy to Nike. Skye has authored multidisciplinary publications in ScienceSlateMigrant JournalPopular ScienceRoads & Kingdoms, and Public Radio International, among others. Her latest data-driven work won a National Geographic global innovation challenge first prize. Skye’s installations have been exhibited at Science Gallery Dublin, the European Parliament in Brussels, the shores of Bali, at Palmer Station, Antarctica, and more. Skye holds an MFA in Information Design and Visualization from Northeastern University and a BS in Biology from Oregon State University.


Jha D Williams
Bachelor of Science | Architecture and Urban Studies  | Class of 2008

Jha D is a Senior Associate and Co-Director of the Public Memory and Memorials Lab at MASS Design Group. Before joining MASS, she worked as a Designer at Sasaki Associates for four years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Northeastern University and her Master of Architecture I from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, she taught design studios at the Boston Architectural College. Outside of architecture, Jha D is a spoken word artist, event producer and overall SpaceMaker for the LGBTQ+ communities of color.  She has been performing and organizing events for the past 15 years, and is the Founder of the “if you can Feel it, you can Speak it” Open Mic Movement. In 2016, Jha D became the new Executive Director & Producer of Womxn of Color Weekend – a 4-day Pride festival designed to elevate, strengthen, and celebrate LGBTQ+ women of color, non-binary and genderfluid people of color, and accomplices. Jha D’s poetry and space making is an exploration of identity, sexuality and self-realization, and she professes that there is “undeniable art in expressing your own truth.”

Student Award Winners

Szu Yu Chen | Journalism

Lex Zarow | Art + Design

Nicole Zizzi | Architecture

Des Bennett | Theatre

Rachel Berkowitz | Art + Design

Matt Fishman | Music

Cammy Kuo | Architecture

Riley Robinson | Journalism

Alyssa Spaeth | Art + Design

Brooke Stanley | Communication Studies

Alessandro Ricciardi | Architecture

Yael Sheinfeld | Communication Studies

Faculty Award Winners

Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

Sophia Ainslie has taught in Art + Design since 2001, covering almost every studio art course in the Department’s curriculum. Professor Ainslie creates innovative yet challenging learning communities where students are respected and nurtured as they push themselves to be better artists and citizens.

Steve Granelli has taught over 1,600 students since coming to Northeastern in 2017. He oversees the foundational course Introduction to Communication Studies, and has worked tirelessly to foster undergraduate research in the department; he has also been instrumental in improving the NUStart program during the COVID pandemic.

In only her fourth year as an Assistant Professor, Ang Li from the School of Architecture has recently redeveloped the foundational Understanding Design. Professor Li has an exceptional ability to translate her own design research work into upper-level design studios and seminars, and she engages students in her exhibition and installation projects outside of the classroom as well.

Amanda Reeser Lawrence has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate classes in the School of Architecture. She has designed and contributed to many of the School’s most important programs, including the Architectural Studies major, several combined majors, minors, and the core architectural history curriculum.

Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award Winner

As a journalist and scholar, much of Jonathan Kaufman’s work has sought to contextualize debates around Black-Jewish relations. His acclaimed 2020 book, The Last Kings of Shanghai, is a culmination of many years of research which documents how two Jewish families influenced the development of China’s economy.

Staff Award Winners

Angela Chin has been the Administrative Officer in the Department of Communication Studies since 2003. Angela plays an integral role in planning and administering events like Dinner with the Faculty, the Communication Studies Honors Banquet, and the Senior Reception and Cording Ceremony. She is a valuable resource to students, faculty and staff–and answers questions, navigates university and departmental procedures as well as the Communication Studies curriculum.

Zohreh Firouzabadian is the Academic Support Manager in the department of Art & Design and has been here at NU since 2006. It is her tireless and selfless approach to the job that makes her truly unique. She has a rare combination of infectious optimism, institutional memory, comprehensive understanding of the curricular processes and procedures, exceptional strategic, and tactical and organizational skills with a laser focus on the needs of the students and the college.

Marti McIntosh is the Operations Manager in the Department of Theater who has been in the department since 2006. In her initial role as the first-ever Production Manager, Marti systematized the department’s productions into an efficient and fully functioning program. Now, in her role as Operations Manager, she has been instrumental in ensuring the healthy functioning of the department under the difficult circumstances of the last year.

Commencement Week Schedule

May 3 – 7 | 3 -5 p.m. EST | Northeastern University Boston Campus
Processional Parades

Thursday | May 6 | 10 a.m. EST | Online
CAMD Graduation Celebration
*Department gatherings will immediately follow our college-wide celebration. 

Saturday | May 8 | 9 a.m. & 2 p.m. EST | Fenway Park
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
*Rain or shine

Sunday | May 9 | 8:30 a.m. EST | Fenway Park
Graduate Commencement Ceremonies
*Rain or shine

Information & Commonly Asked Questions

2021 eligible graduates can order their cap and gown by clicking HERE. Processing and shipping typically take 3 weeks minimum, with the additional time needed for international addresses. As unexpected delays may occur and timely delivery is not guaranteed, we strongly recommend you order today.

(eligible students: Undergraduate and Graduate level, December 2020, May 2021, August 2021, & School of Law)

All information about how top participate in our virtual celebration on Thursday, May 6, at 10 a.m. EST will be provided to students via email. Please stay tuned.

Consistent with past years, the commencement exercises will be live-streamed so friends and loved ones can attend virtually; each ceremony is expected to last about 90 minutes.

Graduating students will be provided tickets electronically, with their seat locations as well as the best gate and time to enter the ballpark. Arrival times will be staggered to encourage healthy distancing.

Each graduate will be allowed 1 guest ticket. This applies to all of the Undergraduate and Graduate ceremonies taking place at Fenway.

Diplomas are scheduled to be mailed approximately 4-6 weeks after degrees are officially awarded by the Office of the Registrar. International mail requires an additional 1-2 week delivery time. Please note that this time frame is an estimate and is subject to change due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic. Graduates will be provided an advance notice when diplomas are being mailed. Diplomas are not available for pick up on campus.

We are asking all students to provide the mailing address that they would like their gift box shipped to when registering to attend our CAMD virtual celebration.

Please note that if you provide an international address, a phone number will need to be provided as well. This will help our shipping partner ensure that all boxes shipped internationally will be delivered successfully. Prior to shipment students will be contacted by this company to confirm the provided address.


Check out the Information & Commonly Asked Questions section below. Any additional questions about our CAMD celebration can be directed to CAMD Marketing & Communications Director, Richard Coren ([email protected]).

Questions about the University ceremonies, including the processional parades, can be directed to the Commencement Office ([email protected]).

If you are a student emailing with inquiries, please provide your NUID in all communication.