ATLANTA — The commencement of Savannah College of Arts and Design was held on Friday, June 4 and June 5. SCAD President and Founder Paula S. Wallace said, “At SCAD, we embrace collective genius and connection.” Those are the combined aspect of the ceremony while President Wallace handed popsicles to the newly graduated students.
The SCAD commencement ceremony was held as an in-person awarding of diplomas in Savannah and Atlanta. The warm and breezy weather on Friday and Saturday lifted the spirits of the SCAD graduating class of 2021. There was also a virtual ceremony that included a commencement addressed by Dan Levy, an award-winning writer, actor, director, and producer. He encourages more than 3,300 graduates to “always follow through”.
“If you have an idea for something, in whatever form of the arts it is, if you have that painting that you have in mind, and it gets tricky and you are given that crossroads, ‘Do I give up or do I keep going?’–always keep going,” Levy said.
SCAD was committed to utilizing the best aspects of the media as the university prepared a digital commencement for all graduates. This provides students and audiences around the world a front-row view of the momentous ceremony. Though the in-person Presentation of the Degree took place in an outdoor setting, the participants remained socially distanced, following the health guidelines by the CDC. The presentation called names of graduates by faculty representative as the students walk across the radiant stage. A balloon sculpture by Jason Hackenwerth (MFA, painting, 2003) was present to contribute to the warm atmosphere.
After fifteen months of restrictions, the SCAD commencement brought togetherness. As President Wallace said: ”‘Once a Bee, Always A Bee'—our hive ever uplifts you!”