AIE Graduation 2015
On June 18, Academy of Interactive Entertainment in Seattle (AIE) recognized the accomplishments of its graduates for the 2014-15 academic year at a graduation ceremony in Seattle Center Armory. 27 students received diplomas as the 3rd accredited graduating class for the school
Mitch Gitelman; Co-CEO of Harebrained Schemes was the commencement speaker. Gitelman, a dynamic leader who inspires teams to deliver high-quality, innovative entertainment products, started in the paper RPG business then made the leap to video games around 1995. He worked at FASA Interactive as a Producer/Designer. He and Jordan Weisman collaborated on “Corsairs” which eventually became Crimson Skies. After working on “MechCommander”, they moved to Seattle when Microsoft acquired FASA Interactive. He stayed at Microsoft for about a dozen years before co-founding Harebrained Schemes.
Gitelman has been a first mover in connected entertainment. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and has been a tremendous supporter and lecturer at AIE . Gitelman expressed the importance to pursue your dreams and the growth of the video game industry.
Joining Gitelman at the podium was several students honored for their academic achievements in Game Programming, Game Art & VFX. Attendees also viewed the premier of “Terminal” short film created by graduating VFX students Nathan Camp and Katrina LaMont.
It was an honor to officiate the event and discussed the growth of the college and significant milestones. Every Commencement is a landmark in the lives of the graduates and their families, but this is a very special milestone in mine, yours and AIE in graduating its first nationally accredited class. It was my great pleasure applauding the success, and praising the accomplishments. Photos of the graduation are on the AIE website www.theaie.us and the graduation was also live streamed on Periscope.