Even before the mortarboards hit the air in the traditional display of post-graduation exuberance, there was plenty to celebrate at the Academy’s commencement May 24, 2013, at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Honorary doctorates went to visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull and former Academy Athletics Director Jamie Williams; Timothy Lamb was named Distinguished Alum.
Doctorates awarded to Trumbull, Williams
Douglas Trumbull is the director of the films Silent Running and Brainstorm, and has contributed innovative visual effects to classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blade Runner and many more. The holder of more than 20 patents, he’s also credited as the developer of the first entertainment simulator ride, Back to the Future, at Universal Studios. He continues to develop cutting-edge visuals through his studio Trumbull Ventures.
Casey, Bowman named valedictorians
Both Joe Casey and David Bowman are what are often termed “nontraditional” students, having returned to school to pursue their artistic passions.