The Cortile of the McKim, Mead & White building was the setting for the 2007/8 commencement of the American Academy in Rome, held on the evening of 30 May 2008.
Some thirty Rome Prize winners, affiliated Fellows and Residents received an AAR diploma—and with it, membership in the Society of Fellows.
Academy Director Carmela Vircillo Franklin (FAAR’85, RAAR’02) officiated at the ceremony, assisted by AAR President Adele Chatfield-Taylor (FAAR’84), Chairman of the Board of Trustees David M. Childs (RAAR’04), and SOF President T. Corey Brennan (FAAR’88).
One participant termed it “the best commencement tradition ever…no caps, no gowns, no parents”.
Mellon Professor-in-Charge Thomas A.J. McGinn (FAAR’85) later distributed the SOF lapel rosette to each of the members the class of 2008.