Rosemont College is pleased to announce that Diane Dalto Woosnam, currently on Mayor Nutter’s Cultural Advisory Council, will serve as this year’s Commencement speaker and will be awarded an honorary doctoral degree. Dalto Woosnam is largely credited with making the arts the focus of much of Mayor Edward G. Rendell’s revitalization of Philadelphia.
Central to Dalto Woosnam’s career has always been the importance of the arts to neighborhood transformation and the economic development of cities. During her eight year tenure with the City of Philadelphia, The Avenue of the Arts development project, including seven performing arts venues as well as a high school and a university for the performing arts, became the centerpiece of the City’s redevelopment of its former commercial center and a national model of cultural redevelopment.
Today, Dalto Woosnam continues her desire to improve Philadelphia’s economic growth as a mayoral appointee to the Board of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) and currently chairs the Operations and Programming Committee. The DRWC’s mission is to develop seven miles of Delaware River waterfront to include recreational, cultural, residential and commercial usage.
She’s the immediate past Chairman of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and served as Director of the Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Philadelphia. Dalto Woosnam was also co-chairman of the Arts, Culture and History Transition Committee for the Governor of Pennsylvania, Edward G. Rendell.
Dalto Woosnam sits on the boards of The Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Arden Theatre Company, Lycoming College (from which she received a B.A. in 1973), The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Artspace, Inc. (MN), and the Indiana University Art Museum (IN). She is a Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians and sits on the President’s Council of the University Of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology.
Throughout her career, Dalto Woosnam has received numerous awards for her efforts to promote the arts. In 2011, she was honored with the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Distinguished Service Award and the Walnut Street Theatre Edwin Forrest Award. In 2008, she received the G. Fred DiBona Award for Personal Leadership from the Arts & Business Council of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the National Liberty Museum’s Hero Award.
An honorary doctoral degree will also be awarded to Patricia Carbine. Carbine is the co-founder of Ms. Magazine and served as its publisher and editor-in-chief for sixteen years. Carbine is a Founding Mother of the Ms. Foundation for Women, a co-founder of the Free to Be Foundation as well as the Ms. Foundation for Education and Communication, Inc., of which she is the president. She was also the chair of the Advertising Council and a director of the Center for Communications, Inc. Carbine is a graduate of Rosemont College and served as a trustee for more than two decades.
Rosemont’s 90th Commencement exercises will be held Saturday, May 11. The ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Connelly Green, weather permitting. Dalto Woosnam will address graduates of the Undergraduate College and the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies, in addition to families, friends, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and community members.