Compiled by Alma Cook, Times Researcher

The Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design held its 33rd annual commencement Wednesday at the Bandshell in MacArthur Park. Degrees were conferred on 157 students.

Jonathan F. Fanton, president of the New School for Social Research, parent university to Otis/Parsons, presided over the ceremonies. In his keynote speech, he said: "As artists and designers, you already have the ability to transcend continents and cultures. But . . . you yourselves must grow beyond your own language and the limited perspective of your own culture."

Honorary Degrees:

Frank Gehry, architect and designer.

Bella Lewitzky, dancer, choreographer and founder of the Dance Gallery.

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