SCAD HONORS RUSSELL: As the commencement speaker for Savannah College of Art and Design graduates Saturday, Architectural Digest’s editor in chief Margaret Russell has enlisted for a doubleheader — a 9 a.m. speech for graduates at the Savannah Civic Center followed by a 6 p.m. one at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta for graduates at the school’s campus in that city.

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Russell, who will also receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from SCAD, was honored along with Pierre Cardin and Jonathan Adler with SCAD Etoile awards in 2008. Reached en route to an AD event in Washington Thursday, Russell said, “It is such an exciting time in design. There are so many opportunities that SCAD makes them aware of and at the same time prepares them to forge their own careers in.”

While Russell plans to remind students that the career decisions they make at the age of 21 and 22 — for better or for worse — will inevitably be fruitful in wisdom and will lead to a clearer path, “so many things now seem to be an overnight success, whether it is a designer or even companies like Beats [which was recently sold for $3 billion to Apple].” But she stressed, “Nothing happens overnight. It takes a lot of focus and intelligence and hard work. I was lucky to be raised by parents who believed that almost all things are possible if you work really hard and focus.”

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