Update on commencement ceremonies as of 5/4/2022:
Congratulations again for this momentous accomplishment. We are looking forward to celebrating this special day with you in person on our beautiful Woodbury campus on Saturday, May 14. We are taking all the necessary precautions to host a safe environment for our graduates and guests. All the following protocols are subject to change based on local, county, and state regulations and guidance. Please check this Commencement webpage for the most up-to-date information.
For those who aren’t able to join us in person, tune in virtually through our Livestream on YouTube! Click the button below to view the stream.
All students and guests coming to campus must either be fully vaccinated (two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer & Moderna, and two weeks after the first dose of J&J), or if you are unvaccinated, you must be able to provide proof of a negative lab-tested PCR covid test taken within 48 hours of coming to campus
The mask mandate has been lifted indoors and outdoors. However, we strongly encourage and recommend community members to continue to wear their masks while on campus.
Each graduate will be allowed a maximum of 4 guests for the ceremony. More information will come soon.
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Carla Garapedian is a filmmaker based in London and Los Angeles. She has made documentaries for the BBC and the UK’s Channel 4 about various human rights issues in countries like Afghanistan, Chechnya, North Korea, and Iran. She has investigated dangerous nuclear reactors in Eastern Europe and military coups in Africa. The Los Angeles Times described her work with the headline “Documenting Truth in Dangerous Places.” She is the only American to anchor BBC World News and has been a correspondent for NBC and CNBC in London. Her feature documentary feature, Screamers, co-produced with the BBC, featured the Grammy-award-winning band, System of a Down, and was released in movie theaters in America in 2007. Since 2011, she has led the Armenian Film Foundation’s project to digitize a rare collection of Armenian genocide survivor interviews.
These are now part of Steven Spielberg’s Visual History Archive at the USC Shoah Foundation. In 2009 she founded the Pomegranate Foundation, which created the Rwanda Library, including 100 interviews of Rwandan genocide survivors. She is a founding member of Creative Armenia as well as the Armenian Image Archive. In 2016, she was Associate Producer for the feature film, The Promise, starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac. She is the writer-director of Nemesis 1921, currently in pre-production, about the trial of Soghomon Tehlirian in Berlin.
Carla is a member of Bafta, Directors UK, and The Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. She earned her undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Woodbury University will award Carla an honorary Degree: Doctor of Cinema and Media.