Boston University College of Fine Arts announces 2008 Convocation Speaker: Award-Winning Playwright, Screenwriter, Director, and BU Alumnus Craig Lucas

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Boston – Boston University’s 135th Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 18, with the Baccalaureate Service at Marsh Chapel at 9:00 AM, followed by the All-University Commencement Exercises on Nickerson Field at 11:00 AM. The College of Fine Arts Convocation will be held at 4:00 PM at the Boston University Theatre at 264 Huntington Avenue. This year’s speaker for the CFA Convocation will be Craig Lucas (CFA ’73), an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and director.

Among Mr. Lucas’s many plays are God’s Heart, Small Tragedy, The Singing Forest and Prayer for My Enemy. His best-known screenplays include Longtime Companion, Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, and The Dying Gaul. In 2005, Mr. Lucas’s bittersweet Broadway musical The Light in the Piazza (with music/lyrics by Adam Guettel), won six Tony Awards. Most recently, he finished directing Birds of America, starring Matthew Perry, Hilary Swank, and Ginnifer Goodwin (CFA’01), which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. His numerous other awards include two Tony nominations, the Sundance Audience Award, the L.A. Drama Critics Award, and two Obie Awards for Best Play and Best Director. Mr. Lucas received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the BU School of Theatre in 1973, and the CFA Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1991.

At its commencement ceremony, the College of Fine Arts will be awarding Bachelor and Master degrees in Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts to 152 undergraduate and 175 graduate students. At the conclusion of the day’s ceremonies, the students will become the newest additions to the CFA alumni community, which now numbers 10,000 and includes members such as Fred Bronstein, President, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, painter Brice Marden, Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment, Anthony Tomassini, Chief Classical Music Critic, The New York Times, Gael Towey, Chief Creative Office, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and actress Alfre Woodard.

Boston University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world today, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.