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2021 Commencement

Virtual Commencement 2021

This year's Commencement will go live at 6 p.m. on May 15, 2021 and shared virtually. Family and friends, invited by graduating students, will get a special link to watch the event together through zoom. All other guests will be able to watch the event live via YouTube. 

Check out our 2021 Commencement Program here!


2021 Otis College of Art and Design Commencement Speaker: Lauren Halsey


Lauren Halsey

Photo: Czariah Smith, Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.

Otis College of Art and Design is excited to announce that Los Angeles-born and based artist and activist, Lauren Halsey, will be receiving an honorary degree and delivering the 2021 commencement address this May. While Halsey’s work has been shown and installed at such venues as the Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, it has been her more recent community work in South L.A. that has been keeping her busy.

As the founder of Summaeverythang Community Center, Halsey spearheaded an effort last March, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide fresh, organic fruit and produce to underserved communities in the city. Of the project, Halsey said: “I was looking forward to opening Summaeverythang—located next door to my studio—in late summer/fall, but Corona stopped that. So, I started thinking of ways to engage the ideologies and thesis of the community center with the community, outside of the physical space.” Read the full story. 

Main image, from left: photo by Czariah Smith; detail of that fuss wuz us, 2018 (white cement, carpet, foam, wood, and mixed media, 110 by 49 by 49 inches), from David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.