IADT – Seattle Celebrates First Graduation Ceremony

June 22, 2006

Joyce Bowlby of fashion design house Tommy Bahama is keynote speaker

Seattle, Washington, June 22, 2006 - On June 23, 2006, the first Commencement Ceremony will be held for International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) students at the Tukwila Community Center in Seattle. The Seattle campus of IADT opened its doors in 2004, and on Friday will confer its first Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Interior Design, Fashion Design, and Visual Communication.

“This is an exciting time for IADT – Seattle,” said Michael Milford, IADT – Seattle President, “We are proud of our student’s determination in pursuing their dreams, and we will be celebrating their outstanding accomplishments right along with them.”

The keynote speaker for the commencement will be Joyce Bowlby, Women’s Woven Patternmaker, for design house Tommy Bahama. Joyce co-founded Design Services Network (DSN), a non-profit organization that matches employment needs with a skilled and varied workforce. Joyce began her career in Seattle at one of the many sewing factories, which sadly are slowly disappearing from the area. In the factory, she found her niche as the liaison between the designers and the production staff, making patterns that would convey the designer’s ideas while flowing easily through production. Later, Joyce fulfilled a dream when she became a fashion design instructor. Today Joyce has the satisfaction of crossing paths with former students which many are now colleagues. One such student, now colleague is Monir Zandghoreishi, Chair of Fashion Design at IADT – Seattle.

The original International Academy of Design & Technology in Chicago was founded in 1977 by a former Sears Executive, Clem Stein, Jr., as a postsecondary institution focused on merchandising and design. More than 25 years later, IADT has expanded its curriculum and campus locations. The Seattle campus, which opened in 2004, offers Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Visual Communication. IADT is authorized to offer degrees by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. For more information on IADT – Seattle, see www.iadtseattle.com.