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Class Marshals

2019 Class Marshals

Class Marshals are members of the Commencement Committee, and serve 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.

 

BFA Programs

Sky Allen, 2019 Class Marshal for BFA Architecture/Landscape/Interiors

Sky Allen

BFA Architecture/Landscape/Interiors

1. What is one great memory you have from your time at Otis College?
 
A great Otis College memory is when I first visited the campus. It was inspiring and comforting to see a community of artists and designers together. Where I’m from, us artists and designers seem to be the fringe, so to be immersed in a space where minds where intent on creative pursuits was a joyful revelation. 

2.  What do you plan to do after commencement?
 I plan on continuing to explore and innovate architecture, design and the arts.


Chase Shewbridge, 2019 Class Marshal for BFA Communication Arts

Chase Shewbridge IV

BFA Communication Arts

1. What is one great memory you have from your time at Otis College?

When I first came to Otis, I was a shy, insecure, very scared person. It was a weird time of not really knowing who I was or what I really wanted. But there was one particular day where I think my life changed. On this day, I attended Foundation Forward, where faculty, staff, artists, designers, each talked about different majors. There was a video of Kali Nikitas, a woman I had never seen before in my life, but I immediately could sense her passion for graphic design. For the first time, I felt clarity and I found everything I had ever been looking for. It was reassurance that I was at the right school, I was in the right place, and I was doing the right thing. On that day, I learned to always follow the things that move me and that spark my inspiration.

2.  What do you plan to do after commencement?

After graduation I plan to relocate and find a job in the Washington DC area. I may take a month off to go on walks, feel the earth, and smell the air again - because I’m truly exhausted. But let’s be honest, every time I say I’m going to relax I always end up finding something to work on.


Abi Savage, 2019 Class Marshal for BFA Digital Media

Abi Savage

BFA Digital Media

1. What is one great memory you have from your time at Otis College?

Going and drawing at an exotic animal sanctuary with my animal drawing class was crazy. Nothing compares to having a tiger splash water on you while you're drawing them.

2. What do you plan to do after commencement?

I plan on being a Visual Development artist for animation. 


Melissa Marsella, 2019 Class Marshal for BFA Fashion Design

Melissa Marsella

BFA Fashion Design

1. What is one great memory you have from your time at Otis College?

My favorite memory is staying late in studio alongside all the wonderful friends I've made; sleep deprived, hungry, and worried we won't make our deadlines. Amidst all our complaining, we were still always laughing, dancing, pranking each other, being creative, and making it work! How much luckier could i be? PS- we ALWAYS make the deadline!

2. What do you plan to do after commencement?

After commencement I plan on taking a very long nap! And then another one! After that, I hope to move to NYC for a job that allows me to pay rent AND have a bagel on Sundays.


NAME, 2019 Class Marshal for BFA Fine Arts

Pedro Volbrecht

BFA Fine Arts

1. What is one great memory you have from your time at Otis College?

My fondest moment would have to be the entirety of junior year. While it was one of the most difficult, I felt myself build artistic momentum at a pace I hadn't before. On top of that, I gained a deeper understanding of myself as an artist and a person.

2. What do you plan to do after commencement?

After I graduate, I plan to spend the year fully emerged in making a potent graduate school portfolio in order to further my personal goals and career.


Daniel Ortega, 2019 Class Marshal for BFA Product Design

Daniel Ortega

BFA Product Design

1. What is one great memory you have from your time at Otis College?

When I first walked in to the Product Design building, I felt that I had finally arrived to the place where I knew I was meant to be. It hasn’t come without a lot of growing pains, but at the end of it all, it’s where I am most happy.

2. What do you plan to do after commencement?

Ideally I would love to have my own business where I would use my skills and talents to help those in need. Nearly all of my work focuses on how what I create can lift those near and far.


Juliette Ward, 2019 Class Marshal for BFA Toy Design

Juliette Ward

BFA Toy Design

1. What is one great memory you have from your time at Otis College?

One of my favorite memories here at Otis was my sophomore year internship. My internship at Hasbro taught me a lot and added to my passion and love for what I do. It solidified that I was in the right place. What I’ll miss the most here is all my teachers though. It’s not really one memory but combined memories of learning from amazing professors who truly care.

2. What do you plan to do after commencement?

After commencement, I plan on diving into the toy industry head first and contributing in any way I can and to continue to grow greatly and learn more. I would like to be somewhere I can move up and teach others. I would like to spend the rest of my life after commencement doing what I love.


MFA Programs

Tiffany Chung, 2019 Class Marshal for MFA Graphic Design

Tiffany Chung

MFA Graphic Design

1. What is one great memory you have from your time at Otis College?

The opportunity I had to integrate my passion for women’s health into my final project was a fulfilling Otis College experience and memory. I thoroughly enjoyed breaking the stigma around menstruation through various graphic design methodologies and adored giving life to a tampon named Mr. Waffles. I also grew my first grey hair during the course of the program—Every time I look at it, I will think of my time at Otis.

2. What do you plan to do after commencement?

Since completing the program in August 2018, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a few freelance projects, and most recently, I have been working as an in-house graphic designer for a wine company based in Los Angeles. With the experiences I am gaining now, I hope to one day build a practice where I can use design as a catalyst for social change to investigate other issues within women’s health.


James Enriquez, 2019 Class Marshal for MFA Fine Arts

James Enriquez

MFA Fine Arts

1. What is one great memory you have from your time at Otis College?

One great memory I have is getting accepted to Otis College. I was interviewed by Yoi Gayler and that was a memorable experience.

2. What do you plan to do after commencement?

I hope to continue my art practice. I would like to have a studio in Culver City.


Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick, 2019 Class Marshal for MFA Writing

Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick

MFA Writing

1. What is one great memory you have from your time at Otis College?

One of my favorite memories of my time at Otis was when writer and artist, Esther Pearl Watson, came to campus as a part of the Visiting Writers Series. I've been a fan of Watson's for years and had the pleasure of introducing her. Her talk was inspiring and informative- the sort of thing a student dreams of having access to when in school.

2. What do you plan to do after commencement?

Hopefully, finding a stable gig at a publication! Besides this goal specifically, I'm going to be figuring out how to sustain my fiction writing while continuing my work as a journalist. Ideally, I can find a gig that is steady yet flexible, where I can work full time while being able to work on my own projects.