Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Renee Gladman

    Oct 19| Lectures
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    Renee Gladman is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, including the Ravicka triology, published by Dorothy (Event Factory, The Ravickians, and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge). Other titles include Arlem, Not Right Now, Juice The Activist, A Picture Feeling, and Newcomer Can't Swim. Since 2004, she has been the publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books of experimental prose, and also has edited the Leroy chapbook series.

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Commencement

Commencement takes place once a year at the end of the spring semester. Undergraduate and graduate students must complete all degree requirements by the end of the spring semester to be eligible to participate in Commencement. A student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 at the end of the previous fall semester, as well as a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the major.

An exception may be made for undergraduate students who will be missing no more than 6 credits by the end of the spring semester. An Application for Inclusion in Commencement must be completed by the student and approved by the Liberal Arts and Sciences department chair, the studio department chair and the Registrar for the student to be eligible to participate in Commencement.

If you completed your degree requirements during the previous fall semester, you are eligible to participate in Commencement. Contact the Office of Registration and Records and the Student Affairs Office for more information.

Participation in Commencement and inclusion in the program does not constitute graduation. Graduation occurs after final grades have been posted and all requirements have been met. Degree requirements and  detailed course descriptions are listed in the Course Catalogue.

Questions regarding the actual Commencement Ceremony should be addressed to Student Affairs  at (310) 665-6960 or student@otis.edu.

 

More information on Commencement

 

DEGREE PLANNING GUIDE
A Degree Planning Guide (also known as a Degree Audit) lists all degree requirements that a student must complete to earn their degree. A Degree Planning Guide is automatically sent to students during the last semester of their junior year as they prepare for their senior year and again after the first semester of their senior year. The Degree Planning Guide includes approved transfer credits, completed courses and courses in which the student is currently enrolled.
 
A student may request a copy of their Degree Planning Guide at any time to check their progress toward their degree. Requests can be made in person at the Office of Registration and Records (2nd floor Ahmanson), by fax (310) 665-6956 or via our Contact form. Please provide your name, student id number, major and your signature on your request. Please indicate if you would like to pick up your guide or have it mailed to you. Degree Planning Guides cannot be faxed. Degree Planning Guides take 24 hours to process.
 
Discrepancies may occur due to the following:
  • Transfer credit - Official transcripts and a Request for Course Approval form must be on file in the Office of Registration and Records before transfer credit can be applied. Transfer courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better for undergraduate students and a grade of "B" or better for graduate students. When transfer credit has not been applied, the official transcript and/or the Request for Course Approval signed by the appropriate department chair are missing.
     
  • Course Substitutions - If you took another course at Otis in place of a listed degree requirement, a Request for Course Approval form signed by the appropriate department chair and approved by the Registrar must be on file in the Office of Registration and Records before credit can be applied. When a course substitution has not been applied, the Request for Course Approval form is missing.

 

Students anticipating graduation must:

  • Complete a Petition for Graduation (available in the Registration and Records Office)
  • Clear their account with the Student Accounts Office
  • Schedule an exit interview with the Financial Aid Office

 

A final degree audit will be performed to determine that all degree requirements have been completed. The undergraduate student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 as well as a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the major. The student's degree will be posted once the final degree audit confirms that all course requirements have been successfully completed, the minimum grade point average requirements have been met, and all necessary student records are on file.

Graduation with honors is earned when an undergraduate student's cumulative grade point average is 3.5 or above. This honor is designated in the commencement program, the academic transcript, and on the diploma.

Make an appointment with your studio and/or liberal arts advisor to discuss any discrepancies and then report any changes to the Office of Registration and Records. Request for Course Approval forms are available in the Office of Registration and Records.

 

DIPLOMAS
Diplomas are available approximately six months after the commencement ceremony. If you do not submit a Petition for Graduation, you will not receive a diploma, regardless of academic eligibility. Petitions for Graduation are available in the Office of Registration and Records. You will receive written notification when your diploma is available. You may have your diploma mailed to you or you may make arrangements to pick up your diploma at the Office of Registration and Records. Any holds (Student Accounts, Library, Financial Aid etc.) on your records must be cleared before you can receive your diploma.
 
 
Students who never claimed their diploma should contact the Office of Registration and Records to initiate a search. You will be notified when your diploma is ready.
 
Duplicate diplomas will only be issued to students who graduated on or after January 1, 1994. Diplomas will only be issued using the original, legal name of the student at the time of graduation. Diplomas will be signed by the current responsible officials and can only be printed at the time of the regular diploma print run which occurs three times a year at the end of each semester. The Request for Duplicate Diploma form is available in the Office of Registration and Records. The cost for a duplicate diploma is $50.00.