Celebrated Author, Joe R. Lansdale Delivers Keynote Address at Laguna College of Art + Design’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony »
Novelist and screenwriter, Joe R. Lansdale delivered the Laguna College of Art and Design’s Commencement Address at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the College’s historic Main Campus located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California 92651.
“You are in a great place. You have been given magic and it depends on you to use it,” Lansdale said to the graduating class.
“We are very proud of LCAD’s class of 2017. This year’s commencement proceedings celebrated students receiving Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees and candidates receiving their Masters of Fine Arts degrees,” said LCAD President Jonathan Burke. “Commencement is a joyful time for all of us as we celebrate our students who have spent countless hours devoted to their art and have grown and developed into distinctive artists and designers.”
This year’s commencement speaker, Joe R. Lansdale has written novels and stories in many genres, including Western, Horror, Science Fiction, Mystery, and Suspense. He also has written for comics such as Batman: The Animated Series. He has written 45 novels and has published 30 short story collections along with many chapbooks and comic book adaptations. Several of his novels have been adapted to film. He is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and ten Bram Stoker Awards. Lansdale is the Writer in Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University. He also teaches at his own Shen Chuan martial arts school, Lansdale’s Self Defense Systems, in Nacogdoches, TX and is a member of the United States Martial Arts and the International Martial Arts Halls of Fame.
The College honored James R. Mellor, chair of LCAD Board of Trustees with an honorary doctorate at the 2017 Commencement ceremony. “The purpose of this honorary degree is to recognize Jim Mellor, chair of the board and great friend, whose altruistic accomplishments have benefitted the community and the world,” said LCAD President Jonathan Burke. LCAD conferred Bachelor of Fine degrees in animation, drawing + painting, game art, graphic design + digital media and illustration, as well as Post-Baccalaureate degrees and Masters of Fine Arts in Drawing + Painting and the Art of Game Design. This is the first class of the Art of Game Design Masters of Fine Arts, created in 2015 to enable professional game developers to grow or pursue a career in game development, production and creative leadership.
Graduating senior of LCAD’s BFA program in Graphic Design + Digital Media with an Illustration Emphasis, Stephan Paff, was this year’s student commencement speaker. Raised in a family of creative professionals, Stephen formed a strong appreciation for the arts–illustration in particular–at an early age. From concept to creation, he expresses a deep interest in narrative-driven, visual solutions. Paff approaches each creative undertaking as an opportunity to tell a story and to create an experience that is both impactful and enduring.