Charleston, SC-- The American College of the Building Arts will confer degrees on five graduates at its Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4, at 10:00am in Washington Park, corner of Meeting and Broad Streets, Charleston. The graduates represent the traditional building arts of timber framing and forged ornamental ironwork.
Receiving a Bachelor’s Degree of Applied Science in the Building Arts are Valedictorian Bradley Tyson Collins of Virginia Beach, VA and Valedictorian Thomas Henry Podhrazsky of Owings Mill, MD; Edwin Dargan Johnston, IIIof Rome, GA; William David McSwain, III of Hollywood, SC; and Matthew John Ricchezza of Pleasantville, NY.
Following the procession of the graduates and faculty from the Main campus at the Old Charleston Jail to Washington Park, the ceremony will begin with an Invocation by Rev. David McSwain of the Church of the Holy Communion and father of ACBA graduating senior, Will McSwain. Welcoming Remarks will made by Pierre Manigault, Chair of the ACBA Board of Trustees.
The Commencement speaker will be Evan R. Thompson, Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Charleston. Mr. Thompson is a graduate of the University of Richmond and the University of Texas Law School. He was the inaugural recipient of the Nation Trust for Historic Preservation’s American Express Aspire Award recognizing an emerging leader in historic preservation. Founded in 1920, the Preservation Society of Charleston is the oldest historic preservation advocacy organization in the United States.
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.
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