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Commencement Event Series

Last updated on May 25, 2021

The Commencement Event Series is an offering of virtual events to celebrate in community and support the launch of your creative career. All event times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time unless noted otherwise. Recordings of past programs will be posted when available.

Those included below are open to all Class of 2021 students. Several academic programs also have special gatherings and celebrations planned, which will be listed here.


Illustration Senior Show

Explore the work of our Spring 2021 Illustration graduates. We are proud of their achievements and congratulate them as their diverse talents are brought forth into the professional world.

Contact Traces

Sun, May 9 2021 - Sun, June 6 2021

CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, in partnership with the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, is delighted to present: Contact Traces, an exhibition featuring work by Derya Akay, Lenka Clayton, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ilana Harris-Babou, and Jenny Kendler. Curated by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2021: Leandra Burnett, Katherine Jemima Hamilton, Shaelyn Hanes, Youyou Ma, and Emily Markert. On view by appointment at the CCA Wattis Institute.

Class of 2021 Showcase Launch

The Class of 2021 Showcase is officially live!

Recent Grad Week 2021

Mon, June 07 2021 - Fri, June 11 2021

A week of workshops and events. Connect with employers, update yourself on industries, get advice on how to approach your internship/career search.

CCA Spring 2021 Fashion Experience: Un-settled

Fri, May 14 2021, 9AM - Sun, May 14 2023, 11PM

Enjoy the fresh visions of CCA’s 2021 graduating fashion designers. Website launched on May 14, 2021.


BFA Senior Thesis Conversations

BFA Senior Thesis Conversations were virtual events where graduating students from CCA's Textiles, Photography, Individualized Studies, Sculpture, Glass, Printmedia, Jewelry and Metal Arts, Ceramics, Community Arts, and Painting and Drawing programs publicly share their capstone work this Spring. Recordings are now available on each event listing. Read Rewind Review Respond interviews with BFA Seniors here.

2021 HAVC Spring Symposium

Fri, Apr 23 2021, 3PM - 6PM

Thesis research presentations by our graduating History of Art and Visual Culture majors and their invited colleagues from Bay Area institutions.

Writing and Literature Program Senior Reading

Wed, Apr 28 2021, 7PM - 9PM

A celebration of the four Writing & Literature seniors' amazing achievements during a year like no other.

In Person: 2021 Graduate Fine Arts MFA Showcase Exhibition

Thu, Apr 8 2021, 12PM - Thu, Apr 29 2021, 5PM

360 Kansas Street, San Francisco

An in person exhibition featuring a selection of work by 16 emerging artists from California College of the Arts’ graduate program in fine arts. This is a meaningful milestone for the graduating students and marks the first in-person exhibition at CCA since the school transitioned to remote coursework due to the health risk posed by COVID–19. Organized by writer, critic, and CCA faculty member Glen Helfand.

MFA Writing Thesis Craft Talks & Readings

Fri, Mar 5 2021, 4PM - Fri, Apr 30 2021, 6PM

The MFA in Writing community celebrates their Thesis students' as they read from and discuss their culminating graduate writing projects.

Visual & Critical Studies 2021 Spring Symposium

Sat, May 1 2021, 11AM - 2:30PM

The symposium showcases the thesis work of the program in Visual & Critical Studies (VCS) students at California College of the Arts (CCA). The event is a rite of passage for the students and a proud moment for those who ushered them to this professional threshold. Seven students presented, grouped into three thematic panels, as well as Carolina Magis Weinberg, the 2021 VCS Alumni Award recipient.

Architecture Division Spring 2021 Final Studio Conversations

Mon, Apr 26 2021, 9AM - Wed, May 5 2021, 5PM

Recordings of the Spring 2021 Architecture Division Final Studio Conversations can be viewed here.

DMBA Venture Show

Fri, May 7 2021, 8AM - 5PM

Final DMBA presentations from graduating students with guest judges. Friends and families, near and far all invited. Alums and the public too.

Undergraduate Film Senior Thesis Show

Fri, May 7 2021, 6PM - 8PM

An end of the year student film screening hosted on Hopin.

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114th Commencement Ceremony Watch Party

Mon, May 10 2021, 11AM - 12:30PM

CCA’s 114th Commencement Ceremony video celebrates the Class of 2021 with a special program filmed at CCA’s two campuses, including remarks from our 2021 Honorary Doctorate recipient Sir Jony Ive and performances by CCA alums. Questions? visit the Commencement FAQ page.

Industrial Design Senior Show

Industrial Design Senior Show

Mon, May 10 2021, 6PM - 8PM

A ticketed Virtual Reality Reception featuring working from Industrial Design seniors.


Lavender Commencement Celebration

Wed, May 12 2021, 10AM

The Office of Student Life invites the class of 2021 to celebrate our LGBTQIA* students to our annual Lavender Commencement Celebration. This event will be hosted via Zoom.


Multicultural Commencement Celebration

Wed, May 12 2021, 2PM

The Office of Student Life invites the class of 2021 to celebrate our students of color during our annual Multicultural Commencement Celebration. This event will be hosted via Zoom.

CCA Animation Show 2021

CCA Animation Showcase 2021

Wed, May 12 2021, 6:30PM

Join us in celebrating the work of CCA Animation's graduating seniors and select juniors! Streaming on Twitch and Panopto.

MFA Design Thesis Show Spring 21

MFA Design Thesis Exhibition

Thu, May 13 2021, 4:00PM

Where are we? What the hell is going on?

Join us to celebrate graduation, and get lost in the unknown.

For more information, visit our website:

or follow us on Instagram: @whatisgoingon.exhibition


Graduate Thesis Film Screening

Thu, May 13 2021, 6PM - 8PM

Join us for an end of the year student film screening! This event will be hosted on Hopin.

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114TH Commencement Ceremony Film Screening in China

Sat, May 15 2021, 7PM - 8:30PM (China Standard Time)

As a global community, we’re offering a special film screening of the 114th Commencement Ceremony video for our graduating students and their families and friends located in China to celebrate this year’s commencement class.

Career Expo 2021: May 19th on Handshake!

Career Expo 2021

Wed, May 19 2021, 10AM - 2PM

The Career Expo is a private employment job fair for CCA's undergraduate and graduate students and alumni community of designers, artists, and architects to meet such local and national industry-leading employers.