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Watkins Commencement 2016: Recap

May 23, 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

President J. Kline and Callie Khouri

President J. Kline and Callie Khouri

It was a beautiful day on the Watkins campus to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates from the Art, Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Photography programs. Among the many highlights was an inspiring Commencement speech given by Callie Khouri, filled with personal reminiscences of her career struggles before — and after — finding success by writing the Thelma and Louise screenplay.

“You are glorious and brave in what you are about to attempt. Do me a personal favor…Make me think. Make me feel. Make me experience something I could never have experienced if you didn’t show me. Your capacity to love and to show love to people you will never meet is the soul of generosity. Generosity is the hallmark of an artist. Show up for the muse.”

COMM_2016 Lily AdcockRead the entire speech here: Callie Khouri Watkins Commencement Address May 14 2016 r

Sara Kathryn Schork, a Graphic Design major from Nashville, was named recipient of the annual Samuel Watkins Award for Excellence, given to the graduate possessing the highest GPA.

See the list of graduates in the Commencement 2016 program

Photo credit: alumnus Tyler Blankenship.

Student Life Director Tina Waymire shares final instructions and encouragement
Watkins’ Class of 2016!
President J. Kline, Callie Khouri, VIce President for Academic Affairs Joy McKenzie, Board of Trustees Chair Samuel E. Stumpf, Jr.
A happy Joy McKenzie
President J. Kline and Board Chair Sam Stumpf present Callie Khouri with the doctoral hood, in recognition of her Honorary Degree, Doctor of Fine Arts
Dr. Khouri delivers the Commencement Address
Upreyl Mitchell getting her diploma
David Anderson surprises with a cap full of confetti
Off to the reception!
The BFA in Fine Art and BA in Art gang
Graphic Design students and faculty
Gloria Avila, Callie Khouri and Garrett Macpherson
Hayley Montague with Callie Khouri