Class of 2021, get ready to celebrate!

Honoring CCA’s 114th commencement class with a celebration like no other.

Save the date for our global watch party

On Monday, May 10, at 11 am PT, join emcee Juhnay Arabesque for a CCA commencement featuring artist performances, distinguished speakers, and surprise appearances—all to toast the Class of 2021!

How to celebrate

This year’s commencement experience celebrates the momentous scholarly achievement of the Class of 2021 with events designed to foster a sense of togetherness, despite our distance.

1 – Prepare. Each graduating student received a DIY kit in the mail to complete the ceremonial look with a tam—a uniquely CCA tradition—and a special-edition silver stole and tassel. You can also access the digital DIY Commencement Kit for GIFs, Zoom and AR filters, posters, and more.

2 – Watch. Join us on CCA's YouTube channel for the official celebration watch party of the 2021 Commencement Video on Monday, May 10, at 11 am PT.

3 – Celebrate. See your name on screen in the divisional celebration videos with remarks by your dean, recognition of each student, and the conferral of degrees by President Stephen Beal. There are two ways to watch these videos with your friends and family: on Vimeo with an invitation password sent via email, or on Panopto (globally accessible) with a CCA email address.

Social Media Spotlights

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May 5, 2021

This one is for anyone who needs a jolt of ? inspo? to get through the rest of the week . . . ?
"Linework is really soothing for me once I get in the zone, and I try to freestyle without sketching first because I never know what I'll get out of it. Sometimes surprises end up being my best work, so I chase that feeling whenever I can." — Mikayla Clark (@punchycats)?
#CCArts #illustrators @cca_illustration

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May 3, 2021


It's @juhnayarabesque, your mistress of ceremonies at the 2021 Commencement. The ceremony is virtual, but trust me — this ain't no Zoom call.

We'll see you on Monday, May 10 at 11 am.

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April 20, 2021

Today's #photodump feature is a scroll through @ari5totle's roll ??

1. Hi everyone, my name is Aristotle aka AJ (@ari5totle) and I'm a second year painting & drawing student at CCA. Here's a quick selfie I took because I liked how the building complimented my outfit that day lol.

2. Quarantine has affected my ability to go outside for inspiration, so when I see things like this at home I always snap a pic to keep as reference or use as inspiration for a future painting.

3. Now that some businesses are offering indoor dining in my county, I've been able to indulge and enjoy going out to eat again.

4. I love playing with color, composition, and abstraction. I made these "mini extensions of myself" using watercolors, random pens and markers, and oil pastels.

5-6. Since I live in the East Bay, I rarely get to see the sun set in the city. I love how the Financial District looked pink from my friend's rooftop.

7. This is a progress pic of a piece I just recently finished. While painting, I like to take a few pics in grayscale to evaluate how much contrast in value I have.

Feel free to follow/check out my IG for more of my work. Sending everyone that good energy! ???

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April 10, 2021

NOW OPEN: Come see the MFA Showcase, a new exhibition featuring 16 emerging artists from our graduate program in fine arts. ?
Organized by writer/critic/faculty @glenhelfand, the showcase addresses the travails of 2020, contemporary feminism, the malleable human body, and urban environment. ?
?? 360 Kansas Street?
?? Free + open to the public (by appointment) until April 29.?
Wendy Liang, '2020,' 2021. Watercolor on paper.