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President/CEO of Ellen Tracy Delivers Keynote Address at LIM College's 2013 Commencement Ceremony


Mark Mendelson also receives the LIM College Distinguished Achievement Award and an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree - Fashion stylist Deborah Waknin (Class of 1980) receives Shining Star Award

Mark Mendelson President Elizabeth S. Marcuse and Samantha MelloneMark Mendelson, President & Chief Executive Officer of Ellen Tracy, advised the 2013 graduates of LIM College that, “Business and design must be deeply collaborative partners as never before,” in his keynote address at the College’s Commencement exercises on May 31 at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

Mr. Mendelson said, “The new world of fashion has put a premium on innovation and speed-to-market in every aspect of the industry….LIM College has uniquely positioned you to be change agents in perhaps the most exciting and transformational time ever in fashion.” 

Mr. Mendelson was also presented with LIM College’s Distinguished Achievement Award and an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree at the ceremony, during which more than 300 LIM College undergraduates and 46 MBA graduates received degrees. 

A member of the LIM College Class of 1980, Deborah Waknin, was the recipient of the 2013 Shining Star Award, which recognizes outstanding LIM College alumni who graduated 10 or more years ago. Ms. Waknin is a Los Angeles-based fashion stylist well-known for her work in the worlds of commercials, film, and fashion, as well as with celebrities. Her clients include Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Megan Foxx, Hilary Duff, Eva Mendes, Sofia Vergara, Diane Keaton and Barbara Streisand.

Carla Guastella, Class of 2007, who is the Merchandising Manager for European Childrenswear for Polo Ralph Lauren, was the recipient of the Shining Star Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of LIM College alumni who received their degrees within the last six years. 

The valedictorian of LIM College’s undergraduate Class of 2013 was Samantha Mellone. Upon graduation, Ms. Mellone will begin her career as an Editorial Assistant at KIWI magazine. 

LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse told the graduates, “Fashion has been said to have a transformative power. Clothing and accessories can change how other people feel about us, as well as the way we feel about ourselves. While fashion certainly has that potential, education’s power is even more awesome. It transforms the human mind and spirit. I have been privileged to witness how your education at LIM – your classes, your internships, and your extracurricular professional activities - have all transformed so many of you from enthusiastic but inexperienced college students to competent and confident young professionals.”

Photo (from left): Mark Mendelson, Elizabeth S. Marcuse and Samantha Mellone
Photo by Patrick Oehler

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