Congratulations Digital Design Class 22, we are so proud of you! I know this is the first day after an intense year that you will get to sleep in with no worry about attending any clasess. As our Head of Department, Miles Nurse, said in his speech, “Relish these moments” — Yes! Enjoy them to the max!
This week has been full of different events for our graduating students: our Industry event Appetizers took place on Wednesday (August 15), and then last night (August 16) in the VFS Main Theatre, they had their final moment of the school year: Graduation, where their families get a chance to celebrate with them, meet their peers and their Instructors, and beam with pride at their accomplishments.
We were all proud as we watch them, one by one, walk from one side to the other to receive their diplomas, to shake hands and get hugs, and celebrate the completion of a year full of tight deadlines and sleepless nights.
It doesn’t matter how many times we have the graduation ceremony with our students, each group is unique and we miss them after they are gone into the real world.
DD22, I hope your dreams take you to the highest of your hopes, to windows of great opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known! And remember to dream on — dream big until your dream comes true.
For those of you who didn’t get the chance to participate, here is the summery of the Awards Show:
Best Communication Design:
WINNER- Ginger by Somin Heo
NUDI Tea by Daniel Daigle
Drift Wood by Madelaine Rumball
KYNKY by Fernanda Herrera
Frame Hotel by Somin Heo
Best Designer in Supporting Role:
WINNER: Nicholas Ferreira
York Seaton Jr.
Excellence in Instruction:
WINNER: Myron Campbell
WINNER: Gamification of Life by Miles Nurse
Theoretical Approaches by Sergio Toporek
3D Graphics 3 by Kai Pedersen
Information Architecture 1 by Kristy Streefkerk
There were many amazing Graduate Projects, which made our job harder to fit them all under this category, so instead we invited the mentors of those projects to present them at the ceremony to celebrate the great work that the students have done. Many thanks to Anne Forkutza, User Experience Lead at iQmetrix for presenting Time Capp by Steve Neweduk; Mark Raham, Creative Director of Vancouver Canucks for presenting NHL Challenge Live by Daniel Daigle; Kristy Streefkerk, Senior Information Architecture at Tribal DDB (also and VFS Instructor) for sending her kind words for the presentation of Night Life by Eduardi Oliveira; and Vinny Morales, Digital Design alumnus and Director at Kultnation for sending his funny words for the presentation of MOVA by Nicholas Ferreira and Dominik Grejc.
WINNER: Lorcan O’Shanahan
Digital Design distinguishes students who work nonstop to achieve what they dream of, and honors them with a unique award known as Outstanding Achievement, which was given to Saadi Alkouatli.
Another special award called Social Impact was given to Owen Chen for CommuteShare.
Graduation is not the end, it’s the beginning, as Orrin Hatch says. DD22 — Good Luck!