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Monday, May 17, 2010

The 2010 Senior Graduation Event

What do you get when you mix 28 graduating CommDesign seniors, and about 225 of their family, friends, faculty, and a number of juniors and sophomores from the program on a Friday night in Mid May? A great night filled with celebration and awards.

Each year we honor all of the graduating seniors as well as take the time recognize those students who have done especially well at each year in the program.

This year, the outstanding sophomore portfolios belonged to Byungjin Choi, Matthew T. Johnson, Jennifer Jennings, Gina Kern, Amy Nortman, Chad Smith and Jon Harvell. At the event we also award scholarships. This years scholarship winners are:
The $1,000 Fossil Award for the most outstanding portfolio in the Sophomore Review went to Gina Kern.
The $1,000 Jack Sprague Scholarship for the student who demonstrated excellence in both art direction and graphic design went to Jennifer Jennings.
The $500 Taylor Austin Hicks Scholarship for the student who took the most risks went to Chad Smith.

The outstanding art direction portfolios in the Junior year belonged to Tomo Kanai, Hector Arellano, Kirby Sandifer, Madison McDaniel and Andrew Bui.
The $1,000 Launch Agency Outstanding Achievement Scholarship in Art Direction went to Madison McDaniel.

The outstanding graphic design portfolios in the Junior year belonged to Emily Schwarting, Maxim Barkhatov, Paul Samples and Meghan Besinger.
The $1,000 Launch Agency Outstanding Achievement Scholarship in Graphic Design went to Max Barkhatov.

The outstanding art direction portfolios in the Senior year belonged to Jason Perez, Ricky Yamashita, Bryan Barnes, Mitchell Ditto and Kyle Wessel.
The Outstanding Senior Art Direction Portfolio was created by Bryan Barnes.

The outstanding graphic design portfolios in the senior year belonged to Daniel Fuhrer, Megan Mead, Stu Taylor, Zach Hale and Mark Travis.
The Outstanding Senior Graphic Design Portfolio was created by Mr. Dick Sloan himself, Stu Taylor.

The Communication Design faculty wishes to share their deep appreciation and thanks with all of you who graduated on Saturday evening, and with those students who are following them through the program. We thank you for your years of dedication and hard work, your willingness to grow and stretch beyond what you ever believed possible, and for your sleepless nights and tight pencils. What you have done/and do makes it all worthwhile to us, your teachers. Thank you and congratulations to all of you.  —el

PS: My thanks also to Jason Perez for the photography in this post.