2016 Commencement Ceremonies

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
52nd Annual Commencement Ceremony

Bicentennial Band Shell

The 52nd Commencement Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bicentennial Band Shell, on the campus lawn. The Commencement Speaker was New York City-based author Amanda Filipacchi.

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Amanda Filipacci

Amanda Filipacchi – Photo by Marion Ettlinger

Commencement Speaker

Amanda Filipacchi is the author of four novels: Nude Men (Viking/Penguin 1993), Vapor (Carroll & Graf, 1999), Love Creeps (St. Martin’s Press, 2005), and The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty (W. W. Norton, Feb. 2015). Her fiction has been translated into fourteen languages and been anthologized inThe Best American Humor 1994 (Simon & Schuster),Voices Of the X-iled (Doubleday), and The Good Parts: The Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction(Berkley Books).

The New York Times Book Review, in reviewing her most recent novel, The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty, said, “Filipacchi’s book [has] a philosophical heft and prods us to examine our own prejudices…Funny, surreal, absurd, and charmingly preposterous…Filipacchi’s characters never question the weirdness around them but meet it with a delightful, practical ingenuity.”  The New Yorker called the novel “smart and sweet…a tribute to the pleasures of friendship.”

Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

Born in Paris, France, Amanda Filipacchi (pronounced Fili-pah-kee) was educated in both France and the US, and has lived in New York since the age of seventeen. She earned a BA from Hamilton College and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.

She lives in Manhattan with Richard Hine, also a novelist.

Copies of The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty are on sale now in the MCC Bookstore.