Renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister to address CCAD graduates at college's 136th annual Commencement

May 5, 2015

Columbus College of Art & Design will confer 280 Bachelor of Fine Arts and 16 Master of Fine Arts degrees to graduates on May 9, 2015 at The Ohio Theatre at 10am. The Commencement Address will be delivered by entrepreneur and award winning designer Stefan Sagmeister—who will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree.

“We are honored to welcome Stefan back to CCAD,” said Provost and interim President Kevin Conlon. “He left such an indelible impression on the campus community during his first visit that we are excited to officially make him a part of this great community by bestowing him with an honorary degree.”

Stefan Sagmeister and his agency, Sagmeister & Walsh, are best known for their album and poster designs — but they’ve also created branding, graphics, and packaging for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, the Guggenheim Museum and Time Warner. Sagmeister himself is a longtime collaborator with musicians David Byrne and Lou Reed. He has delivered several TED talks and teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Sagmeister studied graphic design in Vienna and New York. After working with Leo Burnett’s Hong Kong Design Group, he returned to New York in 1993 to work with Tibor Kalman just before Kalman retired from the design business. Sagmeister stayed in New York to found Sagmeister Inc. He has won more than 200 design awards, including The One Show, Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, D&AD and Grand Prix of the Moscow Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.

A double Grammy Award-winner for his album designs and packaging for Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime” box set and the David Byrne and Brian Eno album “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today,” Sagmeister exhibits a massive collection of works and interactive displays at the Museum of Vancouver with his touring collection titled “The Happy Show.”

Beth Wollman, an Animation major who grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will be recognized as class valedictorian. Wollman transfered to CCAD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was born in New York City. Drawn to CCAD for its small class sizes, supportive faculty and successful alumni, Beth selected the animation major because it gave her the best of storytelling and illustration, preparing her with versatile skills for the animation industry. After graduation Wollman will work with locally based Skreened.

About Columbus College of Art & Design

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States, offering 12 four-year undergraduate programs and two graduate programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit

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