Laguna College of Art and Design Celebrates Class of 2018

Pictured above (L to R): LCAD’s 2018 Commencement Speaker, Vice President of Events & Promotions at Vans, Steve Van Doren; and LCAD’s 2018 Student Commencement Speaker, Chloe Allred (MFA in Painting, 2018)


As of Monday, May 21st at 5:00 p.m., one hundred eleven students became graduates of Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) class of 2018. President Jonathan Burke with Jared Mathis, chair of the board of trustees, conferred undergraduate degrees in Animation, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Drawing and Painting, Game Art, and Illustration. LCAD Provost Hélène Garrison, Ph.D. conferred graduate degrees in Game Design. Peter Zokosky, chair of LCAD’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs in Drawing and Painting, conferred graduate degrees in painting.


Steve Van Doren, vice president of events & promotions of Vans, delivered the College’s commencement address with a surprise. After he praised LCAD for being the only art and design college offering an action sports program, he asked students to look under their chairs for a card. He challenged them to design their own unique Vans shoe and the winner would receive a pair of shoes and have dinner with him and his team.


“LCAD’s action sports major and the longstanding partnership with Vans is truly essential to our brand,” he said. “It gives a special opportunity for a young designer to begin their career.”

After the commencement ceremony, Van Doren was presented with an original painting of Vans checkerboard shoes by new alumnus Christina Matadama, BFA Fine Art Painting & Drawing.

Vans’ generosity has totaled over $45,000 in its history of giving to LCAD. The Vans Honors Lab includes studio critiques at Vans headquarters and opportunities for student-designed footwear to be sold around the world. The company also partners with LCAD’s Graphic Design + Digital Media program to host an annual Vans Custom Culture design competition with immersive workshops on campus for competition finalists and offers scholarships to the winners, contingent upon their acceptance to LCAD.


Chloe Allred, MFA Fine Art Painting summa cum laude, was LCAD’s 2018 Student Commencement Speaker. She is a contributing artist and writer for the book, We Believe You (published by Henry Holt in 2016.) Her paintings and writing have been featured in Orange Coast Magazine, Huffington Post, USA Today, and the BBC. She is a founding and active member of The Body Joy Project, a feminist artist collective that critiques and challenges the way our culture thinks about the body. Chloe is currently a teaching artist at The Artist Lab.


Allred encouraged her fellow students, “Show up for yourself. Give yourself a chance and have some faith in the crazy ideas that you’re going to have.”


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