So after 3 long years, I finally graduated from Grad School. I now have my MFA in Stage Management! I am mainly creating this post for my family because they were not able to come. They have been to many graduations throughout the year, but a CalArts graduation is like none other. There is absolutely nothing traditional about our graduation (although you can say that about anything related to CalArts). I guess you could say it’s like one big party (and an even bigger one to follow).
A lot of graduates stay in the LA area because of the amount of connections they make here and they are able to get so many jobs because of it. I, however, am moving to Chicago. Therefore, I was feeling rather sad because I was saying goodbye to many people that night. I went kind of picture crazy with all of my friends.
The next thing that happened was the processional. Here are some videos I took of my experience with the processional (sorry…the video quality is not really that good. I took it with my phone). You do get to experience just how crazy this kind of graduation is though. The music you are hearing is the african drum group. They are awesome!
Here are some photos I took while outside waiting for the ceremony to begin.
The Theme for this years graduation was “Metamorphosis”. Therefore, there were butterfly designs throughout the entire courtyard. One cool thing they did was release 140 butterflies for the ceremony. Here is a video I took of them. If you look hard, you can see them flying around.
One person I had the privilege of meeting this year was Alfred Ladzekpo. He has been working at CalArts for 41 years. He is one of the founding faculty members of the world music program. This was his retirement year and they made special mention of him at the ceremony.
Probably one of the best parts of graduation, was that Annette Bening was there to receive an honorary doctorate degree. She was so cool and gave a speech from “Romeo and Juliet”. In this video I have the man who introduced her as well as her speech. The introduction is not as exciting, so you may want to skip ahead to when she begins speaking. It starts at 3:40.
After all of that, we finally starting to walk across the stage and graduate. The picture of me walking is not available yet, but will be at sometime in the future. I had a great time. There is truly no other graduation like the one at CalArts.