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Excitement and Celebration at Commencement 2007

In the heart of Civic Center, eager students swarmed in front of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for the 2007 Academy of Art University Commencement ceremony. Cameras flashed as smiling black-robed graduates huddled together to photograph this triumphant day to remember. Reminiscent AAU senior Amber Franklin stated, “I absolutely loved being in art school and being in San Francisco. I feel as if the two complement each other so well.”

The auditorium was brimming with tearfully proud parents and friends as students ceremoniously glided down the red carpet. The live string trio played a powerful classical piece, adding classy ambiance to an already moving ceremony. Kicking off the momentous occasion, Dr. Elisa Stephens declared to graduates, “Today is a celebration of your successes, your accomplishments, and your triumphs. Today is a celebration of all the hard work, passion and creativity you have brought to your endeavors here at the Academy.”

Highly accomplished Honorary Doctorate Awardees Dan McCaw, William Russell, Jim Brown regaled the audiences with stories of their own personal victories and imparted words of advice to the recent grads. The audience listened attentively as MFA Valedictorian Michael Osborne advised students that “good enough is not enough” and encouraged students to reach the greatest height possible for every pursuit.

BFA Valedictorian Carolina Tello Alvarado shared her own decision of going from pursuing medicine to a degree in the arts. Outstanding Alumni Gioi Tran and Will Mosgrove were recognized for the great strides they have made since graduating from Academy of Art University.

The grand finale was a victorious display of achievement when the fresh new graduates erupted into cheers and whistles as Dr. Stephens congratulated the Class of 2007 and students tossed their caps into the air, marking what is only the beginning of a magnificent journey to come.


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