RISD has announced that filmmaker John Waters will address this year's graduating class.
Waters, a quirky, independent filmmaker who successfully crossed over to mainstream Hollywood, has written and directed more than a dozen movies, including the cult classic Pink Flamingos. Some of his other credits include the 1980's hit Hairspray and Cry Baby, starring Johnny Depp.
Known for his love of kitsch and tendency to push the boundaries of taste, Waters is also a published author and photographer. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from RISD.
Also accepting honorary doctorates will be author Adam Gopnik, a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker and musicians Chriss Frantz (RISD ’74 Painting), Martina Weymouth (RISD ’74 Painting) and Jerry Harrison, all former members of the band Talking Heads.