Monday, April 30, 2012

I officially graduated on April 27th, 2012 from Utah Valley University with my Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography. Wow, that’s a mouthful. I am very thrilled to have completed one of my lifelong goals, one which has been on my mind as either a burden or a pleasure for the last twelve or so years. I really enjoyed my time at UVU, which is why I decided to go back after taking a break from school for so long. I have had some amazing faculty who have pushed and inspired: Travis Lovell, John Rees, Courtney Davis, Barb Frazier, Roger Tuttle, Dr. Steve Bule, and many others. I have had an incredible group of fellow students that have similarly stretched and inspired. I feel happy.

This post would go down in flames if I didn’t also include how incredibly amazing my family has been through all this. Natalie, Kaitlyn, Hannah, and Lincoln. I couldn’t have done it without them, seriously. I am forever in their debt, and I’m thrilled for the adventures that lie ahead for us.

Photography is a beautiful medium. One that is being explored exponentially throughout humanity. The opportunities to make a difference are unlimited, and I plan too. If I’m to do good with the talents I’ve been given, I had better work hard. I hope you continue to follow along as this journey is going to pick up in interest real quick. Thank you all for your love and support!

The following photographs were taken my my dad, Brent Ririe… Thanks Dad!!

Michael Ririe UVU Graduation

Here is an incredible man, Dr. Steve Bule. I spent a month with him in Italy in 2010, learning, and being inspired. He is powerful, and has such a great energy and passion for art history.

Michael Ririe UVU Graduation

Dr. Newell Dailey presented me with my diploma. He is a wonderful dean for the School of the Arts.

Michael Ririe UVU Graduation

It’s a graduation for us all! I love my family!

Michael Ririe UVU Graduation

Michael Ririe UVU Graduation

Here’s the photography graduating class of 2012! The two faculty in the center are John Rees and Travis Lovell.

Michael Ririe UVU Graduation

Here’s my family, parents, in-laws, siblings, and a niece. Thank you for always thinking my work was good ;)

Michael Ririe UVU Graduation

And of course, here’s President Holland!

Michael Ririe UVU Graduation

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  1. Brent Ririe says:

    Michael – we are all so proud of you. You have made tremendous sacrifices to complete your education and to do it in such an inspiring way. We love you and are so proud of you! We also agree with your comments about your wonderful wife and children. They have been so very supportive of you and have also made significant sacrifices – all because of their undying love for you!

    Congratulations!! Mom and Dad

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