Explore the 2023 Commencement Ceremony
Commencement Livestream (May 14 at 11:45 am)
Otis College's 2023 Commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 14, 2023, at the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College in Torrance, CA. The 2023 honorary degree recipients are Miky Lee, Vice Chairwoman of CJ Group, and Kulapat Yantrasast, founder and creative director of WHY Architecture. Read the announcement to learn more about the recipients.MORE COMMENCEMENT VIDEOS
2023 Honorary Degree Recipients
Lee is Vice Chairwoman of South Korea’s CJ Group and is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the group’s entertainment and media subsidiary, CJ ENM. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee as a grandchild of Lee Byung-Chul (the founder of CJ and the Samsung Group), she earned her BA degree at Seoul National University and received her MA in Asian Studies from Harvard. Lee is known as a major industry player, starting from her role as an early investor in DreamWorks in the 1990s. Since then, she has continued to strengthen CJ’s presence by leading the global phenomenon of the Korean wave. She was on the Forbes Asia list of Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen in 2012 and 2014. In 2017, Lee was named one of the founding Leadership Champions of the World Bank-affiliated Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi). Lee was nominated as Variety’s 2022 International Media Woman of the Year, was selected as a Variety 500 Honoree for three consecutive years, and was nominated into BBC’s 100 Women in 2022. She was also awarded the Pillar Award by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in 2022 for her contributions to the development of Korean films, as well as the International Emmy Directorate Award by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for spearheading the Korean wave for the past 25 years.
Yantrasast established WHY in 2004 with the intention of combining his experience in the art world with a deep commitment to cultural inclusivity and human flourishing. He received his MA and PhD degrees in architecture from the University of Tokyo and subsequently worked as a close associate of Tadao Ando, leading several important U.S. and European museum and culture projects, including the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas; the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts; and Fondation Francois Pinault pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, France. He is a frequent public speaker at leading institutions and organizations, discussing architecture through the lens of ecology, cuisine, and human sociability, and is the first architect to receive the Silpathorn Award for Design from Thailand’s Ministry of Culture. Kulapat currently serves on the board of a number of cultural institutions and is a trustee of the Noguchi Museum in New York City and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
2022 Honorary Degree Recipients
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