May 2, 2009 – John Lasseter is Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University
“Never let anyone kill your dreams.”
On May 2, 2009, John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, gave the commencement address at the Frank R. Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University, in Malibu, California. Lasseter was also presented an Honorary Doctorate degree for his work in the field of computer animation. Lasseter had started his education there, as it was the alma mater of his parents and siblings, but transferred to the California Institute of the Arts to pursue his dream of becoming an animator. In his speech, he encouraged the almost 500 graduates to never let anyone destroy their dreams.