Each year, we're proud to send our graduates off to fulfilling employment in the trades and fine crafts. Of the 88 students graduating in 2019, 43 were already hired at graduation time, and 22 are running or beginning their own small businesses. Here's a non-exhaustive list of this year's graduating student employers, including those hired for summer internships, fellowships, apprenticeships, and full-time jobs.
Old Sturbridge Village honored NBSS President Emeritus Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez CF '99 with their 2019 President's Award. The award honors individuals whose work brings meaning, relevance, and inspiration to the public through the exploration of New England life and history, and whose scholarship has had a significant impact on the museum field.
On Friday, May 31, 2019, we celebrated the hard work of 90 graduating crafts- and tradespeople, joined by their families, friends, and our greater community. The 138th North Bennet Street School Commencement ceremony honored a diverse class of students launching into the world with newly-honed talents and abilities. Join us in congratulating our graduates and welcoming them to the broader alumni community.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually to an alumnus who is nominated by their alumni peers and voted upon by the Alumni Association. The decision is based on a nominee's professional accomplishments, their contributions to their craft, and their work with schools and organizations to promote excellence in craft. This year the Award goes to Consuela "Chela" Metzger BB '93. Throughout her influential 20+ year career, Chela has held multiple teaching and book conservation positions and has educated and mentored many fellow book conservators.
Have you ever noticed a team craning up a Christmas tree to place on top of a nearly-finished building? Perhaps you've driven under a recently refurbished bridge and spied a large wreath at the top of its massive arch. In each case, this practice is part of a long history of builder's rituals dating back thousands of years.