Academy Award Winning Animation Director Patrick Osborne to Deliver Keynote Address During Cogswell College Commencement Ceremonies, May 16


Last Updated: May 8, 2015 12:57 am GMT
(Sunnyvale, California--May 8, 2015) Cogswell College, a 600-student educational institution offering a unique curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, will host Academy Award winning Animation Director Patrick Osborne during the school’s commencement ceremonies on May 16th. Commencement. The event begins at 11 AM, and will be held at Club Auto Sport, 521 Charcot Ave, San Jose, CA, 95131.

Osborne’s keynote address to Cogswell’s Class of 2015 will be based around the idea of graduates “Learning to enjoy the blank page in front of you.”

Dr. Deborah Snyder, President & Chief Academic Officer, Cogswell College, said, “It is such an honor and privilege to have Patrick Osborne, a brilliant and gifted animation industry director, agree to speak to our students on one of the most important days in their lives - college graduation. His exceptional talent serves as a role model for many of our students who aspire to walk in his footsteps. We are so grateful he is willing to share his experience and ideas with our students, as they embark upon the next phase of their careers.”


Patrick Osborne is the winner of a 2015 Academy Award in the category “Best Animated Short Film” for his original short film, “Feast.” Starting in 2008, he worked in-house with Disney Animation Studios, where he animated on “Bolt,” “Tangled” and “Wreck it Ralph,” and acted as Head of Animation on the Oscar winning “Paperman.” In addition, Osborne was also the Co-Head of Animation on the smash hit animated feature film, “Big Hero 6.”

Patrick Osborne began his professional career as an Animator at Sony Pictures Imageworks, where he animated on an assortment of films, including “I Am Legend” and “Surf’s Up.” He later worked at gaming company Electronic Arts, Inc., where he contributed to the “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003” videogame title.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, he is a 2003 graduate from the Ringling College of Art and Design with a BFA in Computer Animation. Osborne lives with his wife, Ali, in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.


Designed as a “fiercely collaborative, living laboratory,” Cogswell College is located in the heart of the legendary Silicon Valley inSunnyvale, California. The school is a WASC accredited, four-year institution of higher education with a specialized curriculum that fuses digital arts, audio technology, game design, engineering and entrepreneurship.

Numerous alumni of Cogswell College have secured prominent positions within the entertainment, videogame, technology, computer, animation, and motion graphics industries throughout California and beyond. Several of these alumni have established careers with such high profile companies as Activision, DreamWorks Animation, Disney, Electronic Arts, Pixar, and Microsoft Game Studio. Many other alumni have launched their own creative ventures.

Recent Cogswell alumni were members of the Academy Award-winning production teams which worked on the blockbuster films “Frozen” and “Life of Pi.” Some of the other well-known consumer projects to which Cogswell alumni have contributed include the feature films “Big Hero 6” and “The Avengers,” and the popular videogames “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” “Halo 4” and “Battlefield Hardline.”

Additionally, animated short films conceived and produced by Cogswell students have gone on to win prestigious awards, including those presented by the California International Animation Festival, the Colorado Film Festival, the Oregon Film Festival, the Miami Film Festival, the Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, the San Jose Short Film Festival, and Canada’s International Film Festival.

Cogswell College is located at 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale, California, 94089. For more information, please call 1-800-264-7955 or visit:


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