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FIDM Graduation at The Greek Theater

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It's that time again, Graduation time. The Spring Quarter ended a couple of weeks ago at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where I am an Instructor, and I for one, was very happy. I had a full load of SIX classes and over 120 students' papers, patterns and final presentations to grade--on top of my already extra full schedule. Needless to say, I was pooped!

I was asked by the Fashion Department Chair to attend the 2007 Graduation, as a "Special Guest", which means that once again I would be sitting on the stage with all the illustrious department chairs , honorees, president of the school, and so on. I was invited last year to do so and I was very honored then, as well as now. I was also asked to give a speech and announce the Outstanding Fashion Design Student Award. It was a very hot Saturday morning but thank God, we VIP'ers stayed cool under the famed Greek Theater's roof (and in my fabulous Seersucker cotton jacket!).

The crowd of about 2000 graduating kids and families went crazy when I was announced. (Hello, I felt like Kelly Clarkson all over again!) and I nervously did my speech, gave the award and did a meet-and-greet with former students as well as their families. It was a nostalgic event for me, since I had taught a lot of this year's graduating class and had seen these students mature and progress into outstanding young adults I was very proud of. I especially have fun memories of "my kids" from my Collection Development class from several quarters ago. It was one of the best groups I had: Talented, driven and very creative. Exactly what FIDM should be honored to call "their own".

3 Responses to "FIDM Graduation at The Greek Theater"

mr. casanova said...

I bet its an amazing experience to work at fidm. Every semester must be a new experience and i would almost bet you anything that when your students walk into the classroom and realize their instructor is the nicky verreos i bet they get all gittery.

im a small town boy from texas and i will be attending fidm in oct and im nervous but im confident enough to take on the world and i was wondering if sometime when your not busy if i can buy you a cup of coffee and talk about your experiences.

lesleawade said...

We were very shocked when you left project runway when Santino should have gone. When your collection comes to Britain we shall be looking out for it, we were hoping you or Daniel Franco would win and as he left quite early we thought you would win but lets hope your career takes off and makes you one of the best designers in fashion today. Good luck with everything.

Anonymous said...

I must say your dress sense is very, very European with an ocassional blend of Americana thrown into the mix. And here's me thinking Americans only dress like the ones in Friends or the ensembles put together in Queer Eye - eurghhh!!!