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Class Marshals

2020 Class Marshals

Class Marshals serve as members of the Commencement Committee, and as the student voice at the Commencement planning meetings. They are also responsible for relaying Commencement information to their classmates. Class Marshals lead their classmates in the procession. Family and friends can identify them by the special purple regalia worn with their cap and gown. They also receive recognition in the Commencement program.

Although we were not able to have a Commencement Ceremony this year due to Covid-19, we would still like to honor our amazing Class Marshals, who were chosen by their departments for their leadership and spirit. All of these Class Marshals are exceptionally hardworking, compassionate, thoughtful, and determined. The Class Marshal tradition is very important to the Office of Student Activities, and to Otis College of Art and Design, and we hope we can navigate around our current situation and still honor the Marshals all for their invaluable contributions to their departments and our community.

BFA Programs

Laela White

Fine Arts

What is one great life lesson you have from your time at Otis College?

One great life lesson I've learned while at Otis is that everyone is on their own timeline and life path. Sometimes there are bumps, twists and turns, and hiccups along the way that feel like a derailment, but ultimately they're necessary to remind people to stay vigilant, focused, and perseverant.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I hope to find a job that is fulfilling and allows me to still focus on my practice. I intend to invest in a small kiln so that I can continue my ceramic practice outside of an institution. I've been applying for assistantship jobs, as well as jobs where I can work with children as an art instructor. Later down the line, I'd like to go to graduate school and get my teaching credentials.


Julianne Tefoe

Communication Arts

What is one great life lesson you have from your time at Otis College?

One great life lesson I have had from my time at Otis College is that you have to be true to yourself and your practice. Express your opinion and voice your concerns. Do not hold back when it comes to what you create, what beliefs you have, and always trust in your own capabilities.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I plan to teach art particularly at an elementary school level. However, I am willing to take on leadership roles that are involved within the Los Angeles Community involving art and design.


Javier Luna

Product Design

What is one great life lesson you have from your time at Otis College?

I learned to defend my ideas and my beliefs with proper communication. It is essential to learn how to articulate my ideas to classmates, faculty, and people in general. If I’m not able to convey this message with my story, my project, and the development of my concept, then the design is not successful. Sometimes people want to discourage your wish to go after a certain concept, a certain story to tell, or a certain way to tell this story. You have to be able to stand for yourself and defend what you truly believe in.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I am going to finish my Master´s Degree in Political Consultancy and Image Advice, and I will keep working and developing ideas to share in the near future.


Lauren Horzewski

Toy Design

What is one great life lesson you have from your time at Otis College?

I’ve been so fortunate to have the opportunity to study Toy Design at Otis and to have such supportive classmates and professors. The close knit and positive environment has allowed me to grow both as an artist and as an individual. One thing I learned at Otis, which I’ll always carry with me, is to always give it everything you’ve got. It’s better to push yourself to do your best, not because you are trying to be better than others, but instead, to be better than your past self and to create something that you’ll be proud of.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After I graduate, I will move back to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to surround myself with my friends and family. I plan to find freelance work and/or a job at a toy company in the Milwaukee/Chicago area.


Justus Morschauser

Digital Media

What is one great life lesson you have from your time at Otis College?

I have come to understand the phrase "It is not what you know, but who you know." All the opportunities presented to me have been through positive socialization and building bonds with my peers. Being honored with this recognition is testimony to that.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I will continue doing what I have always done, fervently creating my own path and bettering myself every day.


Verona Tu

Fashion Design

What is one great life lesson you have from your time at Otis College?

One of the biggest and most valuable takeaways from my time being at Otis College and the Fashion design department is to “Work smart, not hard”. Being a Fashion student at Otis College is definitely not easy, we are constantly juggling so much at once from meeting deadlines to creating beautiful designs. One of my senior studio design instructors really helped me understand that phrase, and it definitely changed my perspective on having great work ethics and my love for Fashion.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

My plan is to continue to stay in the United States. I believe being here will best allow me to continue pursuing my love for Fashion Design. Working for a couple more years under other designers and eventually, I would love to start my own fashion line.


Vanessa Quiles

Architecture Landscape Interiors

What is one great life lesson you have from your time at Otis College?

Embrace change. I used to hate change; one shift in my daily routine would freak me out. But then, I realized that in order to grow intellectually and better myself, I must embrace change because everything is a learning opportunity, and it's the universe's way of telling me that there is much more to life than what I have been living.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I hope to acquire a position in an architecture firm as a designer. Eventually, I want to work for MINI Living and join their team in coming up with creative solutions to the way we live, work and interact with one another in a rapidly growing urban environment.


MFA Programs

Ally Wallace

MFA Fine Arts

What is one great life lesson you have from your time at Otis College?

During my two years in the MFA program, I came to value making art in close proximity to others. There is something great that happens when you have many people under one roof making and speaking about their studio practice in unison. While I know this will be impossible to replicate, I hope to cultivate this culture with other artists in the future. The lesson: value community and spontaneity over isolation and predictability, it's much more productive and meaningful.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After graduation, I plan on staying in Los Angeles, establishing a studio space for my practice, and teaching. I am looking forward to continuing to refine my work and become an even more active participant in the art community.


Sarah Haufrect

MFA Writing

What is one great life lesson you have from your time at Otis College?

At Otis I learned that goals and projects can shift and change and still be realized.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After graduation, I’m going to keep in touch with my incredible fellow MFA writing graduates and the MFA faculty who have made this experience so gratifying.


Lorna Alkana

MFA Graphic Design

What is one great life lesson you have from your time at Otis College?

I practiced learning the importance of the harmony between trusting my instinct and moving quickly, articulating my process and processing critique, and making final decisions instead of endless revisions. I tend to overthink the space between ideation and production. There are so many other spaces to over think. I'm getting better at spreading the thinking out.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I plan to continue to develop the Diplopoda Caracaras (@dplpdcrcrs) practice through collaborative time-travel activism and work through Universities to explore History and Writing curriculum.