Philly Makes History By Awarding The First Diplomas in Circus Arts!
At the end of the day you have to love what you do and do what you love. This definitely is the case for some local graduates will be accepting landmark degrees. Philadelphia will make history today when diplomas for circus are awarded by Circadium School of Modern Circus. However, due to the pandemic this historical event will take place on ZOOM.
It’s only fitting that the first degrees in circus arts are awarded here in Philadelphia. This is because the circus the American circus was created here in Philly. Philadelphia was the birthplace of the first American circus. That’s right, The Scotsman John Bill Ricketts brought the first modern circus to the United States. He began his theatrical career with Hughes Royal Circus in London in the 1780s, and travelled from England in 1792 to establish his first circus in Philadelphia. The first circus building in the US opened on April 3, 1793 in Philadelphia, where Ricketts gave America’s first complete circus performance.
Circadium School of Modern Circus made history three years ago when it was founded in Germantown – it is THE only higher education school of its kind in all of the United States and one of the only schools of its kind in the world.
After a rigorous audition process and three year full-time education program, students from Utah, to New York, to Texas, to Philadelphia and beyond will earn the first diplomas ever in this field. These students may now go on to work in movies, television, touring productions, dance, arts, theater and other industries.
For these students that have trained for years if not decades – this is a key moment in their lives and careers – and one that was almost missed due to COVID19 closing down the Germantown school.
Here are the Details For the Event
Circadium School of Modern Circus
Graduation Ceremony for 1st Graduating Class
Friday, May 29, 2020
6:00pm to 7:15pm
6:15pm Congratulations & tributes to our Class 1 graduates from circus artists and schools around the world
6:40pm Commencement speech