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Commencement Event Series

Last updated on May 03, 2022

The Commencement Event Series is an offering of in person and 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.


MFA Fine Arts Exhibition

Exhibition One: March 17 – April 2, 2022
Opening Reception March 18, 4:00 -7:00 pm

Exhibition Two: April 7 – April 16, 2022
Opening Reception April 8, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

View digital versions of the exhibitions

MA Visual & Critical Studies: Spring Symposium

Wednesday, April 23

12:00 - 2:30 PM

The event is a rite of passage for the students and a proud moment for those who ushered them to this professional threshold. There are a total of five students presenting--Liz Hafey, Katherine Jemima Hamilton, Liz Ordway, Aliya Parashar, and Kristen Wawruck--grouped into two thematic panels. Each presentation is approximately 12 minutes long; there is an additional presentation by Dorothy R. Santos, the 2022 VCS Alumni Award recipient. Following the presentations in Timken Lecture Hall, there will be a reception in the Backlot, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.

Wednesday, April 27
2:00 - 4:00 PM

The Final Showing of Immersive/360/Virtual Reality works by the Film: "Immersive/VR" Class

MA Curatorial Practice Thesis Exhibition

On view April 27 through May 14

Wednesday, April 27
5:30 –7:30 PM, with curator walkthroughs
CCA Oakland campus

Thursday, April 28
4:00 –7:00 PM, with artist and curator remarks at 5:30pm
CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco

Curated by CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2022, featuring work by Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA Fine Arts 2010), Miguel Arzabe, and Natani Notah

Film Senior Screening

Tuesday, May 3
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Please Join Us For CCA Senior Screening Curated by: Gina Basso. We will be showcasing the works of our outstanding Senior film students. 

BFA Senior Thesis Conversations

through May 4

BFA Senior Thesis Conversations are live virtual events where graduating students from CCA's Photography, Individualized Studies, Jewelry and Metal Arts, Printmedia, Ceramics, Sculpture, Glass, and Painting and Drawing programs publicly share their capstone work.

Game Arts Student Showcase

Thursday, May 5
4:30 - 7:30PM

Join us for the first-ever Game Arts Student Showcase! This event will be interactive and feature playable elements as well as aesthetics from students in Game Arts courses during the Spring 2022 semester. Both digital and analog games will make an appearance!

Graduate Film Thesis Screening

Thursday, May 5
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Our outstanding graduate students will screen their Thesis Film and hold a discussion. 

DMBA REVEAL Venture Showcase

Friday, May 6
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Reception at 4:30 PM

REVEAL: DMBA Venture Showcase is a day-long event featuring second-year students of the MBA in Design Strategy (DMBA) program as they present their final capstone projects.

REVEAL is the culmination of two years of incredibly hard work, as students take the stage to present business plans for their innovative products and services, spanning health and wellness, retail, investment, and even death care.

Spring 2022 Animation Show

Friday, May 6

6:00 - 8:00 PM

CCA's Annual Animation Show celebrates the 2021/2022 thesis films of graduating Animation Program Seniors. The screening showcases the varied imagery and methods of animation and is the capstone work of the program.

2022 Showcase

Monday, May 9
Virtual Event

Preview 2022 Showcase here.

Lavender Ceremony & Celebration

Wednesday, May 11
3:00 PM, RSVP by May 6
San Francisco Campus

The Office of Student Life invites the graduating class and community to celebrate our LGBTQ+ students during our annual Lavender Ceremony. Each year we gather with staff, faculty, students and friends to recognize the achievement of graduating LGBTQ+ students.

Lavender Ceremony RSVP

Multicultural Commencement Celebration

Thursday, May 12
2:00 PM, RSVP by May 6
Oakland Campus

The Office of Student Life invites the class of 2021 to celebrate our students of color during our annual Multicultural Commencement Celebration.

Multicultural Ceremony RSVP

Spring 2022 Architecture + Design Division End of Year Exhibition

Friday, May 13
5:00 - 8:00 PM

An expansive and interdisciplinary showcase of work by graduating students across multiple disciplines. The exhibition will feature the culmination of work from the majors that comprise the Architecture and Design Divisions.


Friday, May 13
5:00 - 8:00 PM

Unexpected changes in environment can alter perspective. What at first seemed aggressive can suddenly become docile under a different light. What always felt familiar transitions into something strange and unusual. A shift in the environment can reveal something previously unseen or unknown.

Momento: Industrial Design Senior Show

Friday, May 13
5:00 - 8:00 PM

Featuring graduating student work.

2022 Illustration Senior Show

Friday, May 13
5:00 - 8:00 PM

Twenty-six graduating illustrators present their diverse and vibrant talents across digital and analog mediums. Both Portfolio and Thesis works will be displayed, along with objects, apparel design, game and character design, comics, posters, and prints. Illustrators create images that tell deeply personal stories, and consider how these images function in the world. This show is the culmination of four years of concentrated study, and the best of the best of each students’ collection of work to obtain their BFA in Illustration.

High Fidelity: Interaction Design Senior Show

Friday, May 13
5:00 - 8:00 PM

The Interaction Design Program of California College of Art invites you to attend High Fidelity, the Senior Thesis Exhibition featuring interaction design work from our 2022 Graduating Class. 

Evolution: Fashion Design Senior Show

Friday, May 13
5:00 - 8:00 PM

Come Celebrate CCA Fashion Design Program Fashion Runway showcasing 17 collections of class of 2022 graduating seniors. Along with the runway show, there will be 17 stationary pieces and AR displays.

Reality Check: Graphic Design Senior Show

Friday, May 13
5:00 - 8:00 PM

It’s time for a Reality Check for CCA’s graphic design seniors—we’re moving on up! Before we go, join us to celebrate the fabulous thesis projects we’ve made as a sign off; we’ve got books and posters, games and videos, sculptures and more! You thought graphic design was all about logos? Maybe you need a Reality Check too.