What I Said About the New Ones
Each year the Department of Art at UCSB holds a special department-centric commencement ceremony. Awards are presented and each graduating student is brought forward and presented by a faculty member of their choice. I was honored to speak about four students this year. I was told up front by Trela (the great and wonderful undergrad advisor) that last year I ran too long. Which is easy to do when talking about how great your students have been. So this year I wrote down my remarks and tried to keep them brief. I was of course the only one keeping it brief, my colleagues share none of the same apprehension about lauding their students for as long as they damn well please. Which is to say, I envy the great things they said. Below you will find what I said about each of my students, but please don't confuse this small amount of writing for the extent of my respect for these powerful artists. I have lots to say about each of them, in fact post ceremony I fear I pinned one parent down for far too long describing how strong their son was at making. I was so proud to stand on the stage near these bright and shining new grads. At the end of each bit of me talking I sharpen a pencil from my collection for them.