The International Academy of Design & Technology Seattle Celebrates Graduation 2010

July 28, 2010

Kendra Todd, youngest winner of NBC's "The Apprentice" delivers commencement address

SEATTLE (JULY 28, 2010) – The International Academy of Design & Technology Seattle (IADT-Seattle) graduated 71 students at their 2010 commencement. The event, held July 9, 2010 at the Tacoma Landmark Convention Center, had more than 600 family and friends in attendance.

Kendra Todd

Commencement speaker Kendra Todd congratulated the graduates and told them they have a leg up on the competition out there, as they're clear on their passions and career choices.

"I am in awe of what you've accomplished," said Todd, as she addressed the graduates. "When I graduated, I had no idea what I was going to do. I got a degree in linguistics and ended up on The Apprentice."

Todd is the first woman, as well as the youngest competitor, to win NBC's "The Apprentice" with Donald Trump. During her tenure with the Trump organization, she was involved with the record-breaking sale of a $100 million dollar Palm Beach estate, the highest U.S. residential real estate transaction at that time. Currently, she is the host for the HGTV show "My House Is Worth What?"

Todd encouraged the students to not fall victim to fear in the pursuit of their goals and to seek support, noting that all the high-profile executives she'd worked and interviewed with on "The Apprentice" commented that they wouldn't have realized their accomplishments without the team around them.

As part of the graduation ceremony, IADT-Seattle also awarded Outstanding Student awards in each of the following disciplines:

Laura Pinnell

Rebecca Beesley
FASHION DESIGN – Rebecca Beesley

John Potter

Cindy German

Dana Figer

GRAPHIC DESIGN – Jeannie Wong was unable to attend ceremony.

  Laura Nielsen, Director of Career Services and Cathy accepting her award

The Seattle Chapter of the IADT Alumni Association awarded its first Distinguished Alumni award to Cathy Kalepo, a 2007 fashion design graduate, in recognition of her valuable contributions to IADT and community through her company Likas Organic Designs, whose tag-line is "Uniting style and sustainability."

Pictured left: Laura Nielsen, Director of Career Services and Cathy accepting her award

About The International Academy of Design & Technology Seattle
The International Academy of Design & Technology provides educational programs that are designed to prepare students for professional opportunities and career success in select design and technology fields. The Seattle campus, which opened in 2004, offers a variety of Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in fashion design, interior design, graphic production, digital media production, fashion merchandising and game production. Both credential levels are not available for all programs. IADT-Seattle is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees. IADT-Seattle does not guarantee employment or salary and is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information on IADT-Seattle visit