LCAD seniors don caps and gowns after 2-year hiatus

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A graduating senior hoists her diploma during the Laguna College of Arts + Design commencement on May 20. Photo courtesy of LCAD

The Laguna College of Art + Design recently held its commencement ceremonies that included graduates from the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022.

College officials canceled the in-person festivities for the last two years due to the pandemic. On May 20, 190 students from all three years walked pomp and circumstance.

“I send my heart-felt congratulations to our 2020, 2021, and 2022 graduates in both BFA and MFA. I am confident they will all accomplish great things that will positively impact Laguna Beach and beyond,” Steven Brittan, president and CEO of Laguna College of Art + Design, said in a prepared statement.

He added that each LCAD major demands excellence, rigor, perseverance, and creative vision. Graduating students’ thesis presentations demonstrated the quality of their talent and originality of their ideas, Brittan said.

“At LCAD, we are on the cutting edge in areas such as digital media, game design, animation, and more; and our students are well-poised to become active contributors to the work-force within these industries in Orange County and beyond,” Brittan said.

Similarly to many colleges across the nation, LCAD staff and students have attempted to return to some sense of normalcy during the pandemic. LCAD reopened its classrooms to students in August 2021, offering relief to students who have been learning remotely for over a year.

In March, LCAD instructor Timothy Robert Smith and 13 students earned the community’s attention by partnering with Community Art Project to add a colorful mural at 328 Glenneyre St., at the corner of Mermaid Street.

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