Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) 2017 Graduation Ceremony

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IAIA Graduating students Erin Elliot (Poarch Creek/Irish)-BFA Studio Arts; Tania Larsson (Gwich’in)-BFA Studio Arts; Sasha LaPointe (Nooksack)-MFA Creative Writing; and Amy Red-Horse (Cherokee/Powhatan)-BFA Museum Studies.

Published May 16, 2017

73 Students Received Degrees and Certificates on May 13, 2017

SANTA FE —The Institute of American Indian Arts held their 2017 commencement ceremony at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) conferred degrees on 73 students, including Valedictorian Veronica Clark. Scheduled commencement speaker — actress, producer, and activist
Irene Bedard (Inupiat/Yupik/Inuit/Cree/Métis) was unable to attend due to travel issues, so IAIA Board of Trustees member Princess Daazhraii Johnson (Neets’aii Gwich’in) read the speech that Bedard had prepared.

Additionally, long-time IAIA faculty member Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw) was awarded an Honorary Doctorate during the ceremony.

Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies — and a minor in Performing Arts along with a graduate degree in Creative Writing — IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 531 Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe. IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges — and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by theNational Association of Schools of Art and Design.