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EDI Graduates Jump into the Next Adventure

December 19, 2014
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EDI 2014 Graduates Traditional Jumping Picture
The EDI class of 2014 jumps into the air in front of the workshop in Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center. The jumping picture has become a graduation tradition for EDIs.
EDI first years make the second years picture frames as graduation gifts.
EDI first years make the second years picture frames as graduation gifts. 
O'Keefe hugs Yao Shi.
O'Keefe hugs Yao Shi.
EDI graduating class poses in front of Ford.
EDI graduating class poses in front of Ford.
Brad Gill receiving praise during the luncheon.
Brad Gill receiving praise during the luncheon. 
EDI graduates walk across the stage at commencement.
EDI graduates walk across the stage at commencement. 
EDI graduates jump for joy.
EDI graduates jump for joy.
EDI graduates Kamyin Chen and Morgan Williams pose following commencement.
EDI graduates Kamyin Chen and Morgan Williams pose following commencement. 
Colgate poses with DeLaurentis and Segal Associate Director Kim Hoffman.
Colgate poses with DeLaurentis and Segal Associate Director Kim Hoffman. 
EDI graduates "put their hoods up" for a silly photo.
EDI graduates "put their hoods up" for a silly photo. 

Breaking news: EDI Director Ed Colgate names this year’s graduation jump photo “best yet.”

Colgate soared high Monday, Dec. 15 alongside a sea of purple that included 14 EDI graduates, EDI Assistant Director Amy O’Keefe and Clinical Associate Professor Dan Brown.

Colgate recalls that the much-anticipated jump photo became an EDI tradition in the program’s first year.

So what gives this year’s jump photo a leg up? Those in the photo were instructed to kick his or her legs out to the side instead of simply jumping vertically.

The result? Some major air. Just look at that arch beneath the mishmash of loafers, heels and purple robes. And what better reason to jump for joy than earning your MS in Engineering Design and Innovation?

Once back on the ground, the students headed over to the Technological Institute’s Ryan Family Auditorium for commencement. Family and friends along with Segal faculty, staff and mentors cheered from the crowd as Colgate congratulated each student at the end of the stage.

Before commencement – even before the jump photo – EDI hosted a graduation luncheon in the Ford Design Studio to honor its graduates. Colgate and O’Keefe briefly highlighted each student’s contributions and experiences from the program, beaming with pride as they spoke.

Following hugs and handshakes from Colgate and O’Keefe, first year EDI student James Wilde presented picture frames to each graduate. Part of a relatively new tradition, Wilde and fellow first-year EDI students made purple and black picture frames as graduation gifts for the second years. The frames boasted a large “2014” and displayed a photo of the graduating class. Gifted frames from EDI first years.

During the graduation luncheon students chatted about his or her plans. For some, the next step is already decided, whereas others are still figuring it out.

“I'm looking at design consultancy firms and product design firms that embrace human-centered design thinking,” graduate Katie DeLaurentis said. DeLaurentis is returning home to New Mexico to continue her job search.

DeLaurentis’s classmate Brad Gill said he hopes to move into an entrepreneurial venture after gaining more leadership experience in a professional setting.

Graduate Morgan Williams will be taking on a role at Procter & Gamble Co., and her classmate Kiley Coombe will be starting a position at Motorola Mobility.

Others hope to build on projects they worked on during the EDI program. “I’d love to bring my thesis project to life,” graduate Brittany Murphy said. Murphy’s thesis “The Land Of…” is a children’s game employing open-ended problem solving to foster design thinking.

Set plans or not, each graduate is moving forward embodying Segal’s innovative philosophy of human-centered design. We wish them all the best!