Celebrated journalist and novelist Kurt Andersen addressed graduates at Pratt Institute’s 124th Commencement on May 14. Andersen, a Pratt trustee, is the host of the Peabody Award-winning public radio show Studio 360. Andersen spoke about the value of "the amateur spirit," which he described as the desire to always try new things.
For the fourth time in Pratt’s history, the event was held at Radio City Music Hall, with 1,470 students, both graduates and undergraduates, crossing the stage and becoming alumni.
The Institute awarded honorary degrees to photographer Lee Friedlander, author Daniel Pink, and The New Yorker Art Editor Françoise Mouly. Undergraduate Architecture Professor Theoharis David received the Distinguished Teacher Award for 2013–2014.
Text and Production: Bay Brown
Videography and Production: Peter Tannenbaum