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Design expert Ty Pennington, co-host of ABC's "The Revolution," will be honored with an honorary doctorate at SCAD Atlanta's sixth commencement ceremony Saturday, June 2, 6 p.m., at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., N.W.
Robert S. Jepson Jr., nationally recognized and respected for his business acumen, civic leadership and commitment to the arts and education, will address the graduating class of 2012 as the event's commencement speaker. Pennington will provide brief remarks as well.
Pennington first won national attention as the quirky and creative carpenter on the groundbreaking home improvement series, "Trading Spaces." As the host of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," Pennington helped transform the lives of thousands, while inspiring millions more around the world. Under the leadership of the charismatic home-design guru, "Extreme Makeover" was consistently rated among the top 20 television programs. The show won two Emmys for Outstanding Reality Program and two People's Choice Awards.
Pennington has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of volunteerism for his work on "Extreme Makeover" and "Ty's Great British Adventure." Pennington took his talent for mobilizing volunteers to Great Britain for "Ty's Great British Adventure," a community-improvement series airing on UKTV Home. In addition to hosting, he was also executive producer. Seasons one and two went on to become UKTV Home's two highest-rated television series ever. He also serves as an ambassador for the Sears American Dream campaign.
He recently teamed up with industry leader Howard Miller to create Howard Miller Furnishings by Ty Pennington and has created a seasonal home décor line at Sears called Ty Pennington Style. The line carries everything from bedding and rugs to lighting and dishware.
Jepson is the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Jepson Associates Inc., a private investment company located in Savannah. He formerly served as chairman and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange-traded manufacturing company Kuhlman Corporation from 1993 until its sale in 1999. Prior to that, Jepson founded and was chairman and CEO of the Jepson Corporation, which he grew into a Fortune 500, NYSE-traded company before its sale in 1989. He has served on the boards of a number of other companies, including Dominion Resources Inc., AGL Resources Inc., Circuit City Stores Inc., and Washington Water Power Company.
Jepson is a founding member of the SCAD Savannah Board of Visitors and acts as chair of the newly combined SCAD Board of Visitors, representing all four of the university's global locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Lacoste, France and Hong Kong. Pennington is also a board member.
Jepson is leading the university's capital campaign for the newly established Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies, housed in one of the nation's leading contemporary art museums, the SCAD Museum of Art. He is a founding member of Savannah's Corinthian Society and board president for the Lucas Theatre for the Arts as well.
Jepson earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and commerce from the University of Richmond, where he helped found the University of Richmond's Jepson School of Leadership Studies.
For more than 30 years SCAD has offered the finest art and design education in the world, preparing talented students for creative, professional careers. Over the past five years, an average of eight out of 10 SCAD alumni, responding to a survey, were employed or were pursuing further education within six months of graduation. In addition to SCAD's outstanding career services, the university offers internships, competitions and classroom assignments designed to connect students with businesses, design firms, media and other educational and nonprofit organizations. Visiting professionals also meet with students to critique work, offer advice and recruit for internships and full-time positions.
Media are invited to cover the commencement ceremony. For additional information, including image and interview requests, contact Jenn Bins at 404.253.2759.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 area of study, as well as minors in nearly 60 disciplines in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning.
SCAD has more than 20,000 alumni and offers an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. The diverse student body, consisting of more than 11,000 students, comes from all 50 United States and more than 100 countries worldwide. Each student is nurtured and motivated by a faculty of more than 700 professors with extraordinary academic credentials and valuable professional experience. These professors emphasize learning through individual attention in an inspiring university environment. SCAD's innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources and has garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications, including 3D World, American Institute of Architects, BusinessWeek, DesignIntelligence, U.S. News & World Report and the Los Angeles Times.