Parents cried, friends cheered and congratulatory balloons swayed in the breeze Saturday as the 252 members of Woodbury University’s Class of 2011 stepped up one by one to receive their diplomas.
“It is a really strange feeling to look out at all my friends and colleagues and know that the all-nighters and the midterms and sneaking out of studio and running up to Woody’s to grab a snack are all over,” said architecture major Stephanie Byrd, one of three student speakers to her address her classmates at commencement.
The undergraduate ceremony filled the central quad at the university’s Burbank campus. It was preceded by one day by the graduate student commencement, where 143 students received advanced degrees.
Founded in 1884, Woodbury University was originally in Los Angeles but moved to Burbank in 1987. It is best known for its arts and design programs, particularly architecture.
Among those receiving degrees Saturday was commencement speaker David Warren, president of the National Assn. of Independent Colleges and Universities, who was given an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration. It was his 17th honorary degree, according to college trustee Robert Kummer.