NewSchool of Architecture and Design Announces Summer Graduation and Commencement Speaker

Wayne Drummond to speak on ethics, respect for the environment and its role in responsible design



SAN DIEGO, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- NewSchool of Architecture and Design will celebrate the graduation of more than 80 students at its 24th commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 20, in San Diego. Architecture authority R. Wayne Drummond, dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will deliver the commencement address, "Professional Challenges, Ethical Principles and Values." The commencement ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in La Jolla, Calif.


Drummond, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects since 1996 whose career includes working in the Middle East and Far East, will share his beliefs that strong ethical principles and responsibilities, which ensure respect for individuals and cultures, are essential to nurturing, developing and sustaining both the natural and built environments.


"Wayne Drummond is a distinguished leader in architecture education and the profession. His message to the graduates will be timely and important," said Dr. Steve Altman, president of NewSchool.


Drummond has nearly 40 years of experience in architecture at both the professional and academic levels, including at Auburn University (1979-87) and as dean of colleges of architecture at Texas Tech University (1987-90), University of Florida (1990-99) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2000- present). He is past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the National Architectural Accreditation Board and Tau Sigma Delta, the honor society for architecture and related professions. He has been an educational consultant and evaluator of numerous programs in the Middle East and Far East, including King Faisal University College of Architecture and Planning in Saudi Arabia.


During the ceremony, President Altman will recognize the 2009 Alumnus of the Year, Dr. Shari Grant. Grant has achieved numerous honors and awards for her work in support of community and social programs as well as for her contributions in design both locally in San Diego and internationally. She was the founding president of the NewSchool Alumni Association.


The Public Is Invited


On Friday, June 19, the Student Showcase, a thesis gallery, will be open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. in NewSchool's Main Building and the Park Boulevard annex, located on Park Boulevard between F and G streets. The graduates' thesis work demonstrates a passion for environmental ethics and social responsibility, with topics ranging from water consciousness to environmental adaptation of the built structure, slowing the destruction of fertile lands, nature in the urban environment and other critical issues facing our society.


About NewSchool of Architecture and Design

NewSchool of Architecture and Design, founded in 1980, is fully accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. The school, with more than 480 students, offers both bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture. For more information, visit

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