SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Congratulations are in order for the class of 2021 at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
Graduates were honored with a digital commencement Friday for the entire class, followed by a socially distant, in-person event at Memorial Stadium in Savannah.
It was just the first of four outdoor ceremonies planned for this weekend in the Hostess City, giving students a chance to walk the stage — an opportunity the last graduating class did not have due to the pandemic.
“This wondrous moment fills my heart with so much joy and hope for the future,” SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace said to the class of 2021. “Hope has carried us to this moment — hope and hard work and faith in one another and our shared purpose — to make the world more beautiful, more meaningful and more equitable for all.”
During Friday’s digital commencement, Wallace presented Darren Walker and Xerxes Irani with honorary degrees. Walker, a renowned philanthropist, is president of the Ford Foundation. Irani is the founder of The Design Equity Pledge and the principal creative director leading the Amazon Design Community.
“I can’t thank SCAD enough for changing me, and I hope to hear about your moments of change in the coming years,” said Irani to the graduates. “So now, go out and find what drives you — your passion, your love — and follow it to the end of the Earth. You are the generation that has the power to actually fix up this crazy place, and I can’t wait to help you do it.
Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Dan Levy, co-creator of “Schitt’s Creek,” also joined in on the virtual ceremony, providing insight to thousands of graduates.
SCAD’s digital commencement ceremony will be livestreamed on YouTube. For more information, visit scad.edu/commencement.