At 1:00pm today, family, friends, and Studio West staff gathered in Studio A for a graduation ceremony for the latest class in our audio engineering degree program. This is the tenth graduation class for The Recording Arts Center—"Intake 10" as they were commonly called. Graduates included: Alex Boehnlein, Andrew Eisman, Abby Enriquez, Chankin Shan, and Rachel Wasserman.
After an introduction by school director Peter Dyson, the students were called up to the front not by their names, but by a selection of music they produced, and were invited to say a few words. All thanked their family, friends, and The Recording Arts Center staff; each student put a personal stamp on their diplomas with their own remarks.
"I'm so glad I came from Texas to do this program," said Rachel Wasserman. Andrew Eisman, who delivered a full speech on behalf of the whole class, said the program was "a dream come true." Abby Enriquez, who celebrated not only graduation, but also her birthday today, said, "This program was difficult, and very fast-paced, but also a lot of fun." Alex Boehnleien—who also celebrated his birthday today—accepted his diploma after the announcement that he'd received the highest grade of any student to ever graduate from the program. He had, in addition, broken the record of the most hours put into the studio (over 1,000). Chankin Shan, who made his mark in the songwriting class as an accomplished lyricist, said he was really excited to be graduating, putting it in lyrical terms. "I feel," he said, "like a lion let out of a cage."
Congratulations to all new graduates and lions!