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From the opening processional to the triumphant tossing of black graduation caps, there was plenty of applause and laughter to be heard amidst the Lynnwood Convention Center as we celebrated the April 28 DigiPen Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2019. In between and throughout the event, we also heard from a number of distinguished guests and speakers, as well as enjoyed the music of the DigiPen Vocal Ensemble and DigiPen Jazz Ensemble.

In addition to the full house that was in attendance, we also welcomed a remote audience who watched the event via our first-ever livestream broadcast. You can watch the entirety of the DigiPen Commencement ceremony below.

Claude Comair, DigiPen’s president and founder, welcomed the soon-to-be graduates with an inspiring message, encouraging them to always strive for honesty, humility, thoughtfulness, and gratefulness to those who paved the way for their own success.

“About 30 years ago, I made a pledge to myself. And I made the pledge later on, a few years later, to the first graduating class, telling them that DigiPen will not go backward. It will always go forward. Every time you come and visit us, you will see it better,” Comair said. “We are successful, because the graduates are successful. We learn from them, we learn from you, you learn from us.”

Other presenters included Patti Dobrowolski, author and founder of Up Your Creative Genius, who delivered the 2019 Commencement address, as well as two nominated student speakers, Christopher Onorati (BA in Game Design) and Benjamin Albertson-Gass (BS in Computer Science). Albertson-Gass even sported a championship-style wrestling belt with a custom-engraved DigiPen Dragon mascot logo — a fitting visual metaphor for the accomplishments of the entire graduating class.

“I can tell you firsthand that my peers are some of the most absurdly dedicated and hardworking people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing,” Albertson-Gass said.

Many thanks to all of the students, faculty, family, and friends who joined us, and congratulations to each of the 221 graduating students who walked on stage to receive their hard-earned degree!

  • DigiPen founder and president Claude Comair stands at a podium addressing graduates and their families.
  • DigiPen commencement student speaker Christopher Onorati stands at a podium in graduate robe and mortarboard.
  • Benjamin Albertson-Gass stands at a podium in graduate garb holding a wrestling-style belt bearing the DigiPen logo.
  • Patti Dobrowolski smiles posing with a group of students in graduate robes and mortarboards.
  • Two students in black graduation garb pose for a photo in a convention center lobby area.
  • Two students in graduate garb smile for a photo in a convention center lobby area.
  • Two students in graduate robes and mortarboards smile for a photo in a convention center lobby.
  • A group of graduating students in robes and mortarboards pose for a photo in a lobby area.
  • A group of graduating students in robes and mortarboards pose for a photo in a hallway.
  • A group of graduating students in robes and mortarboards pose for a photo in a convention center hallway.
  • A group of students in graduation robes and mortarboards pose for a photo in a tree-lined courtyard.
  • Two students in black graduation garb pose for a photo in a convention center hallway.
  • A group of students in graduation garb pose in front of a red backdrop bearing DigiPen's logo and name.
  • A group of graduating students pose in black robes and mortarboards in a hallway.
  • Three students in graduation robes and mortarboards pose for a photo in front of a floor-to-ceiling glass wall.
  • Two students in graduation garb smile for a photo in a convention center hallway.
  • Two students in graduation robes and mortarboards pose for a photo in a convention center hallway.
  • A man and woman in graduation robes and mortarboards pose for a photo in a convention center hallway.
  • A group of master's degree students pose in graduate robes and mortarboards holding their colored candidate hoods.
  • Three students in graduation robes and mortarboards embrace each other for a photo in a convention center hallway.
  • Newly graduated students in black robes pose with a DigiPen instructor in a convention center meeting room.
  • Newly graduated students in black robes pose together in a convention center meeting room.
  • A group of people, some in graduation robes pose in front of a red backdrop bearing DigiPen's logo and name.
  • Students wearing graduate garb pose with DigiPen professors in a convention center meeting room.

The following list of students graduated with honors (bachelor’s programs) and distinction (master’s programs):

Master of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation

  • Hannah Patten

Master of Science in Computer Science

  • Danilo Aimini

  • Steven Barnett

  • Robin Barranda

  • Moodie Ghaddar

  • Shivam Kumar

  • Riley O’Callaghan

  • Francis Joseph Seriña

  • Wilson Sun

  • Ajay Tanwar

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation

  • Nitsiri Anamwathana

  • Sakina Minnis

  • Arocha Nitichakorn

Bachelor of Arts in Game Design

  • Robert Alsman

  • Matthew Craig

  • Jacob Cuddihy

  • Christopher Onorati

Bachelor of Arts in Music and Sound Design

  • Lars Aarhus

  • Kurtis Burton

  • Elaina Franklin

  • Michael Garner

  • Thomas Parrish

  • Brooke Robertson

  • Dustin Williams

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Digital Audio

  • Caleb Klomparens

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Game Design

  • Tristan Begin

  • Joshua Jacobi

  • Carlie Olson

  • Ethan Tal

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

  • Lauren Turnbow

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

  • Julian Sullivan

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation

  • Neha Chintala

  • Evan Collier

  • Connor Deakin

  • Brandon Haze

  • Yu-Chen Huang

  • Tony Kim

  • Aaron Kitchen

  • Timothy Koh

  • Miles Marchant

  • Jake Mathern

  • Aleksey Perfilev

  • Daniel Powell

  • Juan Ramos

  • Alexander Sanoja

  • Mark Smith

  • Wesley Wittekind