Hats Off to Art Graduates

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LCAD’s 2012 graduates.

Seventy students in Laguna College of Art + Design’s 2012 class  participated in commencement ceremonies this week, receiving a sendoff from film producer Don Hahn, whose “Beauty and the Beast” was the first animated movie to receive a best-picture nomination.

“I had the privilege of watching the students grow and develop as distinctive artists and designers,” beamed the college’s president, Jonathan Burke. “I witnessed their passion to learn and the many hours they devoted to their art. I now expect that talent and passion to open doors to fulfilling and rewarding careers.”

Hahn is executive producer of Tim Burton’s upcoming animated film, “Frankenweenie,” due in theaters Oct. 5.

LCAD dignitaries, from left, Chairman Stevan Gromet, guest Iris Cantor, President Jonathan Burke, guest speaker Don Hahn and Laguna’s Mayor Jane Egly.

Philanthropist Iris Cantor, chair and president of Los Angeles’ Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, was granted an honorary arts degree.

The college offers bachelor of fine arts degrees in drawing & painting, graphic design, illustration, game art and animation, and master of fine arts degrees in painting and drawing.

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