Platt College Spring Graduation Ceremony, 2011 & 2012 Graduates
You could feel the excitement and anticipation of Platt graduates Friday night as they lined up to receive their cap and gowns before the nights beautiful ceremony at the Joan Kroc Center in San Diego. Friends and families waited patiently in the lobby where the graduates digital media design pieces were proudly displayed for all to see. Meanwhile, the graduates took pictures and prepared themselves for the moment they had worked so hard for, receiving their college Associates or Bachelors degree!
The evening belonged to the graduates and many who have never been to a Platt graduation ceremony would be surprised how much the ceremony really focused on the students and their hard work and achievements. A Platt graduation is not your typical graduation by any means. Have you ever been to a graduation ceremony in a venue packed to capacity that by the time your friend or family member was called on stage you barely had time to take a picture? This is not an issue at a Platt College Graduation.
Each student is called on stage one at a time with the opportunity to stand proudly with their diploma awarded by Platt College President Meg Leiker and Dean Marketa Hancova. While on stage, the Emcee William Ims, presented each student and shared a brief yet meaningful bio about their time at Platt College. Flashes of light filled the stage while loved ones snapped pictures and cheered during their student’s moment in the spotlight.
Memories of which classes they enjoyed most, the teachers and classmates that inspired them, the family and friends in their lives that motivated them to reach their goals or tidbits of humorous insights. After all the degrees were awarded, Marketa Hancova, presented Awards of Distinction to graduates who maintained a 3.7 GPA and above during their time at Platt, further recognizing students for all their outstanding accomplishment and dedication.
From Valentine’s Day and Halloween celebrations in the school’s courtyard, field trips to Balboa Park and the Tim Burton Museum, as well as the 48 Hour Film Project! So many wonderful memories for graduates to take with them as they approach the next chapter of their lives as Platt graduates.
To close out the ceremony President Meg Leiker delightfully shared her pride and excitement for all the graduates as they continue their journey into the worlds of Graphic Design, 3D Animation, Web Design, or Video Production. No matter what their passion, Platt students graduate knowing that they were given all the tools they needed to reach their goals. It’s wonderful to see that the love and support from Platt college follows each student up to the day of their graduation and beyond!
Blog Written By: Natasha Englehardt
Photography By: Dave Downes, Natasha Englehardt, Claudia Ferreira