Thursday, July 9, 2009

Graduation 2009

Congratulations Gemini School Class of 2009!

Gemini School celebrated Graduation 2009 last Thursday with a special ceremony and brunch honoring Lauren Lamoreux and Shawn Melchor. Family, friends, faculty and staff gathered to say goodbye and wish our graduates well as they start their careers as commercial artists.

Roger Barcilon, Founder of Gemini School, spoke about each graduate:
"Lauren, I remember the first time you visited Gemini School. You were with your sister Erin—who if you don’t know, is also a Gemini School graduate--and your family. You’d look at the work on the walls with big wide eyes and say “ I just hope I can do that one day”. Well, my dear, you’ve worked so hard over the past four years and now you can say that not only can you do what those artists on the wall did…but you can do more. We are so proud of your achievements here and your progress as a concept art intern at the studio we can't name. With your work ethic, talent and training, you have a long and successful career ahead of you—and we’re excited to see what the future holds.
Shawn, you have a talent and maturity rare for someone so young. It has been a pleasure to have you here for the past four years. For everyone in the audience, Shawn attended Gemini School on a four year scholarship by winning our “Follow the Masters” Scholarship Competition. It’s a little scary awarding a full, four year scholarship, because honestly, you just don’t know if it’s going to work out. But, Shawn, we have only been thrilled to have you here. To see you grow as an artist, student and man and be a part of your life has been a privilege. You have unlimited career possibilities. Whether you stay at Disney or move on, we couldn’t be prouder of you and cannot wait to see what the future brings.
Finally, a word to you both…You are capable of achieving great things if you stay focused and believe in your talents and your desire to succeed. On behalf of everyone at Gemini School, It has been a pleasure and privilege to have been a part of your lives. Congratulations to you both."
Lauren is continuing to work as a concept artist with an Austin game development studio and Shawn is working as a concept artist at Disney Interactive.

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