AMERICAN COLLEGE OF THE BUILDING ARTS HOLDS THIRD COMMENCEMENT SATURDAY, MAY 7
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/May 5, 2011
CHARLESTON, SC – The American College of the Building Arts will hold its third commencement on Saturday, May 7 at 10am in Washington Park next to City Hall at the corner of Broad and Meeting Streets. The graduates represent the traditional building arts of masonry, timber framing, architectural stonecarving, plaster work, carpentry, and forged architectural ironwork.
Receiving a Bachelor’s Degree of Applied Science in the Building Arts is Guyton Parker Ash of Litchfield, Connecticut; Valedictorian Michael P. Lauer of Louisville, Kentucky (magna cum laude); Alexander Galt McAlister, Jr. of Charlottesville, Virginia; Meghan Elizabeth Shogan of Monroeville, Pennsylvania (magna cum laude); and David Matthew Utterback-Tyminski of Pottstown, Pennsylvania (cum laude). Caleb McCabe Crader of Clemson, South Carolina will receive an Associate’s degree.
The ceremony will begin with a processional fanfare played by Charleston Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet Michael Smith, an invocation by Reverend R. Peet Dickinson, Dean of the Cathedral of Saint Luke and Saint Paul, and a welcome by ACBA Board of Trustees Chair Pierre Manigault.
Dr. George W. McDaniel will deliver the graduation address. Since 1989, McDaniel has been executive director of Drayton Hall, a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in Charleston. He has a B.A., M.A.T., and Ph.D. in history from Sewanee, Brown University, and Duke University respectively. For 30 years he has been a pioneer and leader in preservation and education. ACBA President Colby Broadwater III, Board Chair Pierre Manigault, Dean of the College Simeon Warren, and Founder John Paul Huguley will present awards and honor the students. The Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen 1607-1783 will present each graduating senior with an award recognizing their place in the centuries-long legacy of American craftsmanship.
During the ceremony, ACBA will also honor the legacies of many leaders in preservation and supporters of the school now past: architectural engineer and contractor Herbert DeCosta; Nancy Dinwiddie Hawk, legendary
historic preservation advocate; Philip Simmons, a blacksmith whose work indelibly shapes Charleston’s streetscape; and Chris Hammond, long-time champion of the school’s educational mission. Carpenter Carl T. Boone, a craftsman who has worked on many of Charleston’s finest historic homes for decades, will be present as well.
The American College of the Building Arts is the only four-year liberal arts college in America educating and training artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship. For more information, please visit
our website at www.buildingartscollege.us or contact Brittany Wallace at email@example.com or
843-577-5245 ext. 1207.