It is a privilege to welcome you here today. On behalf of the Board of
Trustees and the faculty and staff of ArtCenter College of Design, I congratulate
you, the graduating class of Fall 2021, on the milestone you
You’re graduating at a challenging moment in history. The pandemic has
forced us all to quickly adapt to the new normal. It’s changed how we come
together. It’s changed how we collaborate. It’s changed how we celebrate
One thing it hasn’t changed is the importance of our community. We understand
now, more than ever, that ArtCenter is much more than a modernist
building above the Rose Bowl or a supersonic wind tunnel near the Gold
Line. What makes ArtCenter unique are the lifelong connections that form
among our students, faculty, alumni and staff.
Facilitating these relationships is a practice that lies at the heart of the
College’s educational model: “Make to know.” Knowledge through creation
is a special kind of learning that happens whether we’re in Pasadena or
downtown L.A.; abroad in one of our Community Hubs in Beijing, Shanghai,
Shenzen and Seoul; or online while utilizing our ArtCenter Studio in a Box.
The lessons you learned at ArtCenter—particularly during this time—will
serve you well. Whether you’re tackling a design brief, crafting a personal
story, or bringing diverse groups together, you’ll proceed with confidence
and the knowledge that you can handle any challenge life throws your way.
Yes, hard work lies ahead. But for today, revel in this moment. Bask in your
achievement. Take a much-deserved breath of fresh air.
This is your day. You’ve earned it. And you’ve made us all so proud.
Lorne M. Buchman, PhD