Present and future leaders of the creative industry gather at SCAD's Commencement Day 2018

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The Class of 2018 celebrates the end of their studies at SCAD.

In June, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) celebrated its Commencement Day 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. The event also marked the largest ever number of students participating in SCAD’s global commencement, with a total of more than 3,000 taking part in the ceremonies organised in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia and in Hong Kong.

An audience of nearly 400 friends, family members and industry leaders was on hand in Hong Kong to congratulate this year’s graduates who will now join a growing global network of more than 37,000 alumni. 

William Lim, founder of CL3 Architects, joined the students on stage as he was awarded an honorary degree by SCAD founder and president Paula Wallace.

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(From left) Wen Zhou, president and CEO of 3.1 Phillip Lim, SCAD founder and president Paula Wallace and William Lim, founder of CL3 Architects pose for a photo.
Photo: SCAD Hong Kong

Wen Zhou, president and co-founder of 3.1 Phillip Lim, delivered the commencement speech which highlighted and commended the achievements of the Class of 2018, while looking to inspire the next generation of Asia’s brightest creative talent.

“Learning can also be a way of contributing,” she said. “Learn about something entirely new and different. The vast knowledge you have gained at SCAD is a powerful tool. After graduation, continue to research, read more, learn from experts.”

Another speaker Nikki Palomaria (BFA in graphic design), who graduated magna cum laude from SCAD Hong Kong in 2015, is now the senior art director at BBDO. Michelle Claase (BFA, painting), spoke on behalf of this year’s graduates as the 2018 Valedictorian, while Emily Manasc (BFA, interior design) was announced as 2018’s Salutatorian and MA photography major Jonathan Lau was awarded the Excelsus Laureate.  

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Edited by John Cremer