Press Release / Sept. 12, 2015

At SCAD orientation, hip-hop sensation Silentó performs hit “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) featured a surprise appearance today by hip-hop sensation Silentó at its Fall 2015 orientation, held at the Savannah Civic Center, 301 W Oglethorpe Ave.

The 17-year-old Atlantan and Capitol Records recording artist closed out the welcome session by performing his viral hit “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” to nearly 4,000 new SCAD students, family members and guests. More than 220 million viewers have watched the official video on YouTube since it was posted on June 25, 2015.

Watch a video of the SCAD performance

In tandem with the live performance, SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace announced a new university initiative entitled #WatchMeSCAD, inviting SCAD’s incoming students to post a video on social media explaining why their accomplishments should be “watched” throughout the 2015-16 academic year. Select incoming students will be documented at various upcoming SCAD events, and videos of their journeys and achievements will be shared through SCAD’s social media channels.

Disney’s “Big Hero 6” head of animation, Zach Parrish (B.F.A., animation, 2007), also welcomed the new students and their families to their SCAD journey and encouraged students to partake in all of the opportunities that SCAD affords them. Stressing collaboration, pushing beyond one’s comfort zone and traveling to all of SCAD’s locations, Parrish underscored the influence his SCAD experience had on his career in animation.

About SCAD: The University for Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors, as well as minors in more than 60 disciplines. With 32,000 alumni worldwide, SCAD demonstrates an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation.
At locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning, the diverse student body consists of more than 12,000 students, from across the United States and over 100 countries. SCAD’s innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources. Curricular collaborations with companies and organizations including Google and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) affirm the professional currency SCAD champions in its degree programs.

The university, students, faculty and alumni have garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications worldwide including four consecutive years of No. 1 rankings for the undergraduate interior design program by DesignIntelligence, recognition as one of the 2014 Red Dot Design Rankings’ top 10 universities in the Americas and Europe, and the No. 1 graduate fashion program in the U.S. as determined by Business of Fashion — recently cited by Fast Company as one of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies of 2015 in media. For more information, visit the official SCAD blog.

SCAD media contact

Ally Hughes
Director of University Communications
Savannah College of Art and Design

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