We commemorate the Commencement Class of 2022 with in-person ceremonies on Saturday, May 14. After years of creative and academic dedication, these students are ready to take steps forward onto new challenges and into their professional practices. Our programming celebrates their momentous scholarly achievements with events and festivities centered around togetherness: in person, on campus, and at home.
“Class of 2022—You did it! You have worked, and created, and persisted to earn your degrees in the midst of historic disruption.”
By the numbers
CCA’s 115th Commencement Class represents students across 21 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs:
- Youngest graduate: 19 years, 7 months
- Oldest graduate: 71 years, 6 months
- Countries represented: 8
- U.S. states represented: 24
- First-generation college students: 125
The Bachelor’s Degree Candidates Ceremony features the conferring of CCA’s Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts on Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a spoken-word artist, writer, and arts activist whose work embodies the idea of creative citizenship.
Undergraduate student speaker Jamie Santos (BFA Animation 2022) reflects that “CCA has made me a better person, and a forever-student who will never stop learning from others.” Santos closes their time at CCA with sage advice for all: “Be kind, stay flexible, and say ‘yes.’”
“Graduates, artists, I wish for you equity stakes in a transformational future. Meaning I wish for you a future that’s worth the value of your creative risk.”
2022 CCA honorary doctorate recipient
A ceremonial ritual
The 115th Commencement ceremony also includes an alumni performance by Katherin Canton (BFA Community Arts 2011) and Mariana Moscoso. Toj + Tijax: A Ritual of Myth Making leads this year’s commencement class into new beginnings through a sacred fire ceremony performed on 1 Aq’ab’al (Saturday, April 16, 2022), a pivotal day of change in the Chol’qij, or the Mayan spiritual calendar. Learn more about the ceremony and alum Katherin Canton.
President Stephen Beal congratulates extraordinary accomplishments
In his commencement speech, CCA President Stephen Beal shares his excitement to watch the students’ futures unfold as they persevere through a pandemic:
“Commencement is a beginning. And this is probably one of the more distinctive beginnings anyone has ever had to commence upon. To the CCA Bachelor's Class of 2022 . . . Congratulations! You are here today, crossing this stage, because you have the passion, and the power, to make it under extraordinary circumstances. I can’t wait to see what you make next.”
Diedrick Brackens (MFA Fine Arts 2014) delivers the Distinguished Alumni Address at the 2022 Master’s Degree Candidates Ceremony. The critically acclaimed artist exemplifies the profound ways in which handmade objects can powerfully impact our world and inspire all of us who witness them. “It’s not that the work needs to engage in social issues. It’s that the artist needs to be socially engaged,” says Brackens. “So I came to CCA as a weaver. And I was awakened to all of these ideas, and shaped from that experience, to leave a very different weaver.”
Graduate student speaker Paul Mendoza (MBA Design Strategy 2022) cheers his fellow classmates’ ideas and ideals: “No one could have imagined our education here at CCA, which makes us the ideal stewards for quixotically imagining what comes next.”
A ceremonial ritual
The 115th Commencement program includes a commissioned performance by Katherin Canton (BFA Community Arts 2011) and their collaborator Mariana Moscoso. Toj + Tijax: A Ritual of Myth Making leads this year’s class into new beginnings through a sacred fire ceremony performed on April 16, 2022, a pivotal day of change in the Chol’qij, or the Mayan spiritual calendar. Learn more about CCA alum Katherin Canton.
President Stephen Beal expresses collegewide pride
In his commencement speech, CCA President Stephen Beal applauds the graduate students’ power and passion to envision possibilities and make art that matters despite historic disruption:
“That creative back and forth, that human-centric approach to technology and making, is more critical at this moment than perhaps it has ever been. As is the role for creative practice—for artists and designers—in our communities and society. You have the skills, knowledge, and experience to determine how it will impact our future.”
The 2022 Showcase demonstrates an expansive range of culminating projects and capstone moments by students graduating from the college’s four divisions: Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities & Sciences.
To denote outstanding student contributions to the 2022 Showcase, the deans of CCA’s four academic divisions selected students whose submissions deserve special recognition. Every student work chosen for a Deans’ Spotlight demonstrates excellence in theory and practice.
Experience our end-of-year events and presentations, modified to accommodate socially distanced idea sharing and community building. In these spaces you’ll find lectures, readings, digital collections, and more. All are evidence of the scope of students’ intellectual curiosity and creative action, as well as the outcomes of CCA’s dynamic learning-through-making educational model.
- MFA Fine Arts Exhibition
- MA Visual & Critical Studies: Spring Symposium
- MA Curatorial Practice Thesis Exhibition
- BFA Senior Thesis Conversations
- Game Arts Student Showcase
- DMBA REVEAL Venture Showcase
- Spring 2022 Animation Show
- Architecture + Design Division Exhibition
- MFA Design 2022 Thesis Show
- Industrial Design Spring 2022 Senior Show Exhibition
- Spring 2022 BFA Illustration Senior Show
- CCA Film Program End of Year Screening Celebration
- Fashion Design Presents: Evolution
- 2022 BFA Graphic Design Senior Show
- BFA Interaction Design Class of 2022
Social Media Spotlights@cacollegeofarts
July 27, 2022
Zoë Latzer (MA Curatorial Practice 2023) took us through a day in her life as a CCA grad student during the spring semester, starting with yoga at @haum.sf, working at @icasanjose, gallery hopping at @wattisarts and @jessicasilvermangallery, and ending the night with dim sum at @chinalivesf. 🥟
July 18, 2022
Snippets from 'Mamita' Chapter 1: Introducing the Rubins by Carly Shooster (MFA Comics 2023). 💙 This piece was selected for the Deans' Spotlight in the 2022 Showcase exhibition by TT Takemoto, Dean of Humanities and Sciences.
Shooster is a Jewish-American comics artist based in Gainesville, Florida making art about women and pain. She is currently exploring motherhood and daughterhood through a graphic novel, 'Mamita,' an extension of her graduate thesis. Telling stories across comics and other media, Shooster is also a graphic designer and digital illustrator, whose "favorite thing to do is watercolor my comics pages."
Follow @hunger_eating_munch to see more of her work 💭
July 13, 2022
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Throwback to the amazing end-of-year exhibitions in the Nave last May!
July 7, 2022
Making the gender pay-gap visible by introducing intentional inconveniences in everyday life, this project explores a series of provocations that surface this hidden reality. Imagine a grocery store where each item has two prices: a regular price and another that's a gap adjusted price for women. Imagine if men got 23% less coffee for the same price. Imagine if men were dropped off 77% of the way when taking a cab. 🤔
Congratulations to Tushar Ghei (MDes Interaction Design 2022), the designer behind 'Gap Adjusted: Making the Gender Pay-Gap Visible', selected for Dean's Spotlight in the 2022 Showcase Exhibition.
“Please take a moment to honor these members of our CCA community. They are part of our creative legacy—teachers, friends, and colleagues who changed our lives, and whom we cherish.”
In Memoriam 2021–2022
- Stephen Ajay
- Ruth Armstrong
(BFA Fine Arts 1975)
- Garry Knox Bennett
- Tecoah Bruce
(BFA Painting/Drawing 1974, MAEd Art Education 1979)
(trustee 1981–2018, board chair 1992–1998, trustee emeritus 2019–2021)
- Janice Chilimidos
(BFA General Fine Arts 1957)
- Ted Cohen
- Gerard Creedon
- M. Arthur Gensler Jr.
(trustee 2010–2017, board chair 2017–2021)
- Beverly Joyce Gimlin
- Michelle Anne Goodman
- Debra Goodwin
(BFA Textiles 1981)
- Gary “Chicken” Hirsh
- Lisa Holland
(Design Strategy 2016)
- Jack Howard
(BAEd Art Education 1958, MFA Painting 1959)
- Peter Keefer
(BFA Interior Design 1958)
- Alice Geary Kilham
(BFA Interior Architecture 1981)
- David Kueubel
(BFA Graphic Design 1975)
- Wookjin (Jin) Kwon
- Arturo Luz
- Richard E. Meyer
(BFA Advertising, Illustration 1958)
- Philip Morsberger
- Manuel Neri
- Norman Nicholson
- Liz Pointer
- Prescott Reavis
- Andy V. Reid
- Anthony David Shatsky
- Ferne Kerr Wilson
(BAEd Arts Education 1942)
- Gary Wiss Jr.
(BFA Interior Architecture 2005)
- Ronald C. Wornick
(trustee 1992–2021, vice-chair 1997–2005)
- Ira Yeager
- Al Young