In this 100th year of our history, we are proud to present the graduating
classes to you. In this particular year we look as much back in time as we have the pleasure
of looking forward into the future. This department has existed in many years and throughout
this time its students, staff and teachers have been occupied with looking forward. Because
that is the essence of design envisioning the future. When we present these exceptional young
people to you here today, that is what we see. The future.
The students graduating here today are a remarkable group. They have studied, tried, failed and
tried again. They have laughed and cried and gone through an incredible journey of growth.
They have honed their skills in the field of product design and they carry with them an
optimism, a humor and a determination that will allow them to not just envision our future
but also shape it. In this catalogue, you will find a wide variety of interests, product categories,
ideas and materials. The diversity illustrates how bold our students are in their vision of our
collective future. These classes show us in their work, that diligent well thought out design
work is not an outcome - it is a journey. This exhibition and catalogue are not the end of a
process but really the beginning of a much longer and much more important journey into the
future. To which we as a department wish all of our graduates the best of luck and that the
passion that brought them here today might carry them forward in their future endeavors.
To the student: On this special day one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, in this
single, solitary, monumental moment in your life – is to decide, without apology, to commit to
the journey. We know that wherever your paths take you, you will make a difference. Please
let us share in your experiences and adventures and keep in touch with us through the alumni
network. Because we would like to celebrate your progress with you in the future.
Lastly look and remember the names and faces around you, because these are the ones to
shape the next 100 years to come.