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Congratulations, CAAD Class of 2021!

Dear CAAD graduating students,

The day has come when you’re ending one chapter of your life and beginning a new one.

You are leaving AUS more knowledgeable, skilled, but also aware of your passion and how it will impact the world. Now you understand why learning to get a grade or pass that exam does not work. In the end, it’s our integrity, what we put our heart in,

our struggles, pushing the boundaries that help us discover who we truly are. None of this can be measured through a learning outcome, yet it’s an essential quality of the educational experience.

Dare to be brave, stand out, be different, and embrace life challenges while always asking - What can I do to make it better?

Congratulations and best of luck in your new adventures!
Zinka Bejtic

Dear CAAD graduating students,

Whether in design or in life,
No matter how chaotic it seems at the time,
Always trust the process.

Congratulations, mabrook, مبروك
Kathryn Best

Image credit: Damien Newman

Dear Students, we have exchanged so many WhatsApp messages during the last few months.

But this one is the most important of all of them:


Igor Peraza

It has been a pleasure to see the graduating seniors develop over the years. Congratulations to all students in AUS on your graduation! I wish you the very best in your upcoming endeavors.
Becky Beamer, Assistant Professor, A+D

Congratulations to all CAAD graduates!

I have seen many of you grow as designers and thinkers these years, and now you are all ready to face new challenges. The world is waiting for you, and we look forward to seeing you making a positive impact on it. Be proud, and do not forget to dedicate this achievement to your family and friends as they supported you along this path. 

Good luck!
Roberto Castillo

In September 2016, I and many of you arrived here at AUS for the first time. How time flies.  I’ll always have fond memories of my first DES111 free hand drawing class! And have enjoyed seeing and working with many of you since then.  I hope you’ve enjoyed and learned as much over these past five years as much as I have. Best wishes on your future careers and endeavors.  May you always remain wildly creative and insatiably curious students of architecture, art and design!

Jason Carlow

Graduating is a big achievement under any circumstances. All of you have had to overcome serious obstacles along the way with the world having turned on its head due to the present pandemic. Along with the usual challenges of growing up, you have had to deal with the added pressure of climate change and the complex world you are inheriting. And as much I am sure you love your families, having to stay home can make anybody crazy. All of which means that you’re going to have to grow up faster than other generations. And while this realization may be kind of intimidating, it can also be inspiring. This is your generation’s world to shape. You won’t get it right every time, you’ll make mistakes like everyone else. But if you listen to the truth that’s inside you, you’ll be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Help build a strong community, learn how to protect the planet and those that need protecting, be a teacher of what you have learned, keep learning and make a better world for all of us. Our planet needs you to be the best you can be, and today you are on your way to achieve this. Congratulations to all of you and your families.

- Camilo Cerro