It’s not easy to forget the finale to SCAD Commencement, Will Penny’s (B.F.A., painting, 2008; M.F.A., painting, 2013) goal exactly. With his spectacular interactive installation that seemed to envelope the graduates, the artist succeeded mightily at creating a memorable send off for the Class of 2015. Here’s a glimpse of that moment from the graduates' perspective and Penny on creating this digital feast for the senses:
In celebration of Savannah College of Art and Design’s second graduating class in Hong Kong, we’re spotlighting three soon-to-be alumni in illustration, graphic design, and photography. These graduates are the honored salutatorian, valedictorian, and excelsus laureate of the SCAD Hong Kong Class of 2015. Their achievements, both academic and extracurricular, undoubtedly prove they will lead distinguished creative careers. Keep an eye on Bianca Lesaca, Adam Newbold, and Sandra Dans as they plant roots in Asia and cultivate their talents.
John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, isn’t a stranger to budding artists. His son graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture. A member of the class of 2015, Sam Lasseter was one of 2,100 graduates in Savannah and Atlanta whom Lasseter encouraged with his wisdom-packed commencement address on the power of creativity. After all, Lasseter was a young artist once, sitting where Sam and his classmates sat.
Here's to the 413 new alumni from Savannah College of Art and Design who graduated in the university's 35th commencement ceremonies. We agree with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher's characterization of you as individuals and as a class: you are brilliant 'containers of gifts that you will share with the world.' Please keep us posted on all that you do.
By Joan Yip
It was a milestone for Savannah College of Art and Design's 35-year history when its first graduating class from Hong Kong walked across the commencement stage.
A good commencement address is irresistible. Whether graduating or firmly planted in career or school, the distilled life experience and wisdom are too convenient and enlightening to pass up.
Yesterday, Academy Award-winning director and producer Lee Daniels delivered the commencement address at SCAD's very first fall commencement ceremony in Savannah. Lee told graduates and their families, “I couldn’t afford to go to college and I was angry about that for a long time. This would have been the college that I went to because it’s pretty badass.” SCAD awarded Lee the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.