SCAD welcomes its 35th class


Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Savannah are abuzz with the fresh energy of the class of 2017, new transfer and graduate students. SCAD’s 35th anniversary, to be celebrated throughout the year, loomed large over all orientation activities. In some places quite literally.

In Savannah, a huge 35 was projected on the wall of the Civic Center, symbolically replenishing itself with the faces of 2,400 new design denizens. Inside the arena new students, representing 49 states and more than 100 countries, listened as President Wallace recounted some of the iconic brands on which alumni have made their mark, such as Starbucks, Rolling Stone, Vera Wang, and Coke.

Michael Mack (B.F.A., Industrial Design) used his story of launching Michael Grey Footwear to encourage the crowd that their coursework and faculty can guide them to their dream careers: “Ask questions, work hard, keep an open mind and you’ll see your dreams come true.” 

The air-conditioned welcome was a much needed break from the late summer heat, which greeted students as they moved in and made merry in the shadow of a double decker bus and oversized photo of the 80 students who comprised SCAD’s very first class.

In Atlanta, alumna Feifei Sun (B.F.A., Advertising) told 500 incoming students that her best memories of SCAD are the “real-life experiences woven through every stage of my academic development.” Formerly of Time magazine, Feifei previewed her new website “Making It Atlanta,” where she’ll profile the city’s dynamic professionals. “I’ll be writing about some of you,” she predicted.

Among the ranks of SCAD Hong Kong’s 150 incoming students is interior design student Johnny Cheung Joy-lai, one of the newest members of Hong Kong’s Cycling Team. Orientation speaker senior Alfred Lee told Joy-lai and the others that he credits SCAD Hong Kong’s tight-knit community with the success he’s had, like winning the Disney Imaginations competition.

“The campus size and the student events will allow you to meet and learn from one another. I encourage each of you to be extremely motivated during your time here and take advantage of all the opportunities that SCAD provides,” Lee said.

SCAD Hong Kong’s newest students also participated in the 35th anniversary kick-off celebration, answering the question, “Where do you see yourself at 35?”