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Class of 2021 Celebrated in College of Fine Arts and Communications Virtual Convocation

April 23, 2021 12:00 AM
The College of Fine Arts and Communications celebrates the graduating class of 2021 with student speakers and performers through virtual convocation
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Theatre Major Alyssa Aramaki on Human Connection and Healing

April 09, 2021 12:00 AM
The road to graduation looks different for every student. This truth especially hits home for senior Alyssa Aramaki, who will represent the Department of Theatre and Media Arts for spring 2021 convocation.
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Illustration Major Rachel Allen Everett on Comics, Space and a Boy Named Felix

April 09, 2021 12:00 AM
Everett — a native of Mapleton, Utah — will graduate with a BFA in illustration in April
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Music Major Greg Smith on How the Arts Can Shape Faith and Purpose

April 09, 2021 12:00 AM
Smith — a native of Pampa, Texas — will graduate in April with a BA in piano performance
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Music Major Josie Larsen on Importance of Self-expression and Rediscovery

April 09, 2021 12:00 AM
Larsen — a native of Sammamish, Wash. — will graduate in April with a BA in vocal performance
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Dance Education Major Jessica Jensen Walker on Her Dance Education, Student Teaching, Connecting with Students

April 09, 2021 12:00 AM
Walker — a native of Cache Valley, Utah — will graduate with a BA in dance education in April
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Art Major Fiona Barney on Perspective, Teaching and Travel

April 09, 2021 12:00 AM
Barney — a native of Provo, Utah — will graduate with a BA in art in April
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Art Major Gwen Davis-Barrios on Art, Education and Utah’s Spiral Jetty

April 09, 2021 12:00 AM
Davis-Barrios — a native of Provo, Utah — graduated with a BFA in art in December 2020
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Comms Major Olivia Morrow on True Crime, Covid Memes and Research

April 09, 2021 12:00 AM
Morrow — a native to Farmington, New Mexico — will graduate with a BA in communications this April
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Graphic Design Major Amanda Lund on Her Design Work, Inclusivity and Being a Voice for Others

April 09, 2021 12:00 AM
Amanda Lund’s time at BYU has given her a jump start on her future career. She has already had the opportunity to work with e.l.f. Cosmetics, where designs she helped create will be featured on shelves at Target stores. She is currently an intern for Javas Lehn Studios, a design firm based in New York City working for hotels and publications. Her attraction to art and design came during her freshman year when she took her first art class: Art 101. This three-hour course enthralled her and made her realize this was what she wanted to dedicate the rest of her life to, in some capacity or another. “The design program really pushes you to explore what you’re passionate about and use design to express that,” Lund said. Lund has taken those words to heart and has used her passion for design to guide her in other avenues of her education and life; thus leading her towards her drive for inclusivity in design. A lover of the outdoors and a helper at heart, Lund dedicated her capstone project – “Designing for Every Body, Not the Average Body” – to aiding those with disabilities. She wants them to be seen by the design world. “I focused specifically on those who live with physical disabilities and how the spaces we have designed reject them. These spaces were not designed with their needs in mind, but were designed for what society deems as the 'average' body. But I believe there is no average human,” said Lund. Her project zeroed in on how commercial parks and playgrounds tend to turn away people with physical limitations, especially those in wheelchairs. She praised Clemyjontri Park, a park from her hometown of McLean, VA designed for children with disabilities, as being the most popular kids’ park in the area. “When you design for people with disabilities, it suddenly becomes more accessible for everyone,” she said. Lund hopes to use her design skills to make the world a more inclusive place. She didn't understand that design was so much more than just creating beautiful brands and products that articulate a particular story. “I’ve learned that there is so much more to design. I now have the necessary tools to help give others a voice and ignite change in the world around me,” said Lund. Lund will receive her BFA in graphic design this spring and will continue the Javas Lehn internship after graduation. She looks forward to finding other endeavors that will develop her fervor for design and her voice for others.
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BFA Graduate Caitlin Shill Shares How Dance Has Stretched Her Soul

April 17, 2020 12:00 AM
Shill — a native of Cottonwood Heights, Utah — will graduate with a BFA in dance on April 24, 2020
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Art Major Elisabeth Baird on Inspiration, Collaboration and Kindness

April 10, 2020 12:00 AM
Baird — a native of Garden Grove, CA — will graduate with a BA in art on April 24, 2020
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Life Imitates Art: Design Graduate Brinnan Schill Reflects on BYU, Photography

April 09, 2020 12:00 AM
Schill — a South Carolina native — will graduate with a BFA in photography and a BA in sociocultural anthropology on April 24, 2020
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Media Arts Major Allyse Clegg Finds Voice, Personal Transformation Through Documentary

April 08, 2020 12:00 AM
Clegg — from Fruit Heights, Utah — will graduate with a BA in media arts studies on April 24, 2020
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Pianist Spencer Hodgson Prayerfully Navigates Shifting Career Path

April 08, 2020 12:00 AM
Hodgson — from Sandy, Utah — will graduate with a BM in music performance with an emphasis in piano on April 24, 2020
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Communications Graduate Abbie Speed Reflects on Lessons Learned at BYU

April 07, 2020 12:00 AM
Speed — a native of Denver, Colorado — will graduate with a BA in communications with an emphasis in communications studies on April 24, 2020
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Vocalist Brigitta Teuscher Turns Setbacks into Skills as Commercial Music Major

April 07, 2020 12:00 AM
Teuscher — from Vancouver, Washington — will graduate with a BM in commercial music on April 24, 2020
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Dallin Jones on Animation, Filmmaking and 'Curing Souls' Through Art

April 06, 2020 12:00 AM
Jones — a native of Midland, Michigan — will graduate with a BFA in animation on April 24, 2020
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