FIT’s commencement ceremony, held on May 22, 2014, honored legendary Red Bottom’s designer Christian Louboutin, and Cosmetic entrepreneur Bobbi Brown. Both received honorary degrees from the college on this blissful day for the graduates of 2014. Louboutin’s degree was an honorary doctorate degree of fine arts, as Brown received an honorary degree of Doctor of Human Letters.
The Jacob Javits center was filled with students in awe of their commencement speakers. Social media outlets, like Twitter, showed mentions and hashtags of FIT graduates, boasting about having the best commencement speakers. Having two world renowned entrepreneurs talk at their commencement ceremony must have felt like a graduation present for the new fashion graduates. FIT does in fact hold the future designers of the world.
Women’s Wear Daily quoted Brown’s tips for the grads in her speech. “Do what you love; more doing and less thinking; work hard, but smart; have no fear, and just be nice. She told the graduates they shouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer, and shouldn’t be intimidated by adults, “because you are adults now.”
Overall, there was positive feedback on the speakers, funny yet insightful speeches. It was definitely reassuring to the grads that their speakers were once their age and had dreams as well.