On Friday, May 15th, members of the Marist Italy Class of 2015, Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici Certificate recipients, faculty and staff from Marist Italy and Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici, and friends and family of the graduates gathered at the Auditorium al Duomo to celebrate the hard work and achievements of this year’s class.
The ceremony also served as a celebration of the life and achievements of cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who received an honorary doctorate from Marist College. Storaro, winner of three Oscars, a Primetime Emmy, a BAFTA, and the 2001 recipient of the American Society of Cinematographer’s Lifetime Achievement Award has served as the cinematographer on such films as Last Tango in Paris and Apocalypse Now, as well as television movies such as Caravaggio.
The ceremony featured speeches by Fabrizio Guarducci, President of Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici; Storaro, who gave an overview of his career and spoke of how he has used art as inspiration for his cinematography; a short video also displaying highlights of Storaro’s achievements; and the presentation of certificates and degrees to graduates. Following the ceremony there was a reception for all at the Hotel Astoria, which allowed graduates to celebrate with their family and friends and mingle with members of the faculty and staff.
As the ceremony came to its conclusion, Fabrizio Guarducci, President of Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici implored the students that as they moved forward in their lives, “Don’t dream,” but instead to “do things that make others have dreams.”