In memory of
Mohammed Baru


Dear CAAD’s graduating class of 2020, here’s to you!

I’m really sorry that you all lost your
chance to spend your last semester at
CAAD, as the enclosed picture shows!
I will miss not being able to say a last
goodbye, before you leave for the four
corners of the world. Best of luck in
all your future endeavours, and keep
in touch. 

- John Montague        


As you enjoy the labors of your hard work, I wish to you, the Class of 2020, happiness and success in everything that follows, today and always. Congratulations on a job well done!

- Professor Seth Thompson

Congratulations to the most flexible graduating class of AUS history. Your dedication to your work, to the process, no matter the circumstances is remarkable. Thank you for being an inspiration to the rest of us. May you transform the world with your visions, in the ways that you wish.

With love,
Anna Kipervaser

Graduating Class of 2020,

Today, we celebrate your achievements from the last 4 years. We all know it has been a weird semester, but through its hardship you have proven your capacity to adapt to adversity. The graduating class of 2020 will be without a traditional ceremony. It is with this in mind that I want to congratulate you and use this opportunity to point at what needs to be achieved in the next 11 years of your life. That’s how long climate scientists have given us; 11 years to avoid catastrophic climate change. It’s already damaging our homes, our health, our safety and our happiness. You should not let it take your futures too. For you personally, it means that you’re going to have to grow up faster than other generations. But be comforted because you are not alone. Across the planet, your class stands 250 million strong. You are a mighty group of people. Together, you have the power to solve the climate crisis. Every graduating student, every parent, every teacher, every leader. The future is in our hands! And if you ground yourself in values that last, like honesty, hard work, responsibility, fairness, generosity and respect for others, you’ll be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Congratulations, Class of 2020! Keep making us proud and get out there and fix the world!

Respectfully yours,
Camilo Cerro

You did it. You made it to the end. No one or no thing can take that away from you. Congratulations Class of 2020! We are proud of you. This year was unforgettable. Best wishes for the future.

- Becky Beamer

Choose to be you. Don’t be afraid to be you, and do what you love to do. Go out there, explore, learn, create. Design work that you’d be proud to put your name on.
Congratulations, Class of 2020! We’ll miss you… Now go out there, and be amazing!

- Professor Kiran Sajwani


Dear class of 2020,

Congratulations to all of you for completing your studies at AUS!  It’s been a great pleasure for me to work with so many of you on exciting projects in the Interior Design and Architecture programs over the course of the last four years. As faculty members we’re proud to see you move on to new stages of your careers, though your graduation is bittersweet. Some of you were in the first foundations class I taught upon joining AUS in 2016 and it’s remarkable how fast the time has gone by.  Best wishes and best of luck as you make your way forward in design during this challenging time.  Please stay in touch and come back to visit!

- Jason Carlow

Hello 2020 Graduates!

First, I regret that we can’t all be together today, celebrating your milestone.
A university degree demonstrates your intelligence and tenacity. Earning a degree from CAAD tells the world that you have been educated and trained to step into the role of a professional designer. You have achieved this through your extremely hard work, help from your professors, and with great support from your families.
I hope you take the time today to celebrate with your families your momentous day — at a safe social distance, of course.
I hope that in the not too distant future we can celebrate your graduation in person. 

Celebrate and enjoy your day!
Professor Paula Curran

May you live in interesting times, no truer words could be spoken about where we are today. May you step forward into the future with a sense of optimism and purpose, may you look back on your times at AUS with fond memories and gratitude, and may you contribute to every moment of life as a creative force for positive change in the world. Good luck and keep in touch!

- Professor Kathryn Best

Dear Class of 2020,
My heartfelt congratulations to you on your big day.

As you know, design school is only a temporary incubator for you as young designers and architects, a departure point so to speak, a launching pad, a gate, a door, a window. At its best, it is a provocation, an attempt to nurture your curiosity and ignite your attention and empathy towards our human situation. I hope what you take away from CAAD transcends a college experience.

If I can leave you with one advice, it would be to stay engaged, or as I call it, to stay with the trouble, of asking the hard questions, of struggling with the anxiety of not knowing, of making design difficult, serious, useful ~ versus ~ mediocre, repetitive, expected; of brewing the possibilities.

I am honored to have been a part of your journey and I remain deeply inspired by your collective resilience, perseverance, ingenuity and talent.

May the force be with you.

- Riem Ibrahim