On the Cover: Summer 2014

Shortly before David Hamilton, Advertising and Marketing Communications ’14, addressed the graduates at commencement on May 22, Sofia Johansson, Photography AAS ’14, took our cover photo. As president of the FIT Student Association, Hamilton wears the white sash denoting this position and holds the mace, a ceremonial symbol of the college. The red, white, and blue veteran’s cords commemorating his military service spill over his left elbow. (He served in Baghdad in 2005.) Ever attuned to the symbols of fashion, he also wears sparkly high tops—with signature red soles—by Christian Louboutin, in honor of the legendary shoe designer, who served as commencement speaker. “They were $2,500, which I couldn’t afford,” Hamilton explained. “I went to a consignment shop, and someone was dropping them off right as I walked in. I got them for $450.” Hamilton, who after graduation was starting as an assistant account executive at Grey Advertising, walked away from the ceremony with more than a degree; he ended his speech with a proposal to his girlfriend, Binta Diallo. He stepped off the stage and got down on one knee. (She accepted.)

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