Sunnyvale's Cogswell College Announces Commencement Speaker Frank Paniagua, Jr
for May 17, 2014 Ceremony Held in San Jose
Graduates of First Masters of Entrepreneurship Program Will Walk With Class of
SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cogswell College, one of
the world's leading regionally-accredited institutions offering a unique
curriculum that fuses digital arts, engineering and entrepreneurship, is
pleased to announce Frank Paniagua, Jr. as their 2014 commencement speaker. In
addition to the baccalaureate graduates, Cogswell will be handing seven master
degrees to graduates of their Master's in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
"The graduation of our first master's students and the eagerly-anticipated
commencement speech by industry luminary Frank Paniagua exemplify the level of
growth the college has undergone," said Deb Snyder, Cogswell president and
chief academic officer. "Cogswell College's leadership in entrepreneurship,
and digital arts and engineering, and the creation of innovative post-graduate
programs, positions the college as a leader in Silicon Valley."
Paniagua is founder and chief executive officer of Green Plug, Inc., a digital
protocol technology company based in San Ramon, Calif., which navigates the AC
to DC consumer charging experience. Prior to founding Green Plug, he founded
and led a number of technology companies developing computer graphics,
educational software, digital music CD burning systems, satellite-based
networking, PC peripherals and IT Security. Paniagua was co-founder of the
Video Electronics Standards (VESA) and currently serves as advisor to the US
China Green Energy Council. He is a graduate of Cal State University in
"Cogswell cultivates creativity and innovation by bringing together students
who are passionate about working in digital art, audio, game, and engineering
and fostering a collaborative environment that stimulates the free flow of
ideas," says Paniagua. "Exciting programs such as the Idea & Innovation Lab
will ensure the next generation of engineers and designers have the education
and experience to create the next game-changing product or invention."
The commencement ceremony will take place at the unique and innovative Club
Auto Sport event center located at 521 Charcot Avenue in San Jose.
About Cogswell College
Located in Sunnyvale, California, in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Cogswell
College is a WASC accredited four-year institution of higher education with a
curriculum that fuses art, engineering and entrepreneurship
(http://www.cogswell.edu/index.php). As one of the Bay Area's premier
colleges, its novel academic approach offers an integrated model that emulates
the industry environment—a collaborative, project-based, learning experience
that uses multidisciplinary teams to take projects from concept through the
Cogswell College alumni credentials include Call of Duty Advanced Warfare,
Halo 4, Gears of War 3 and blockbuster films including Frozen, Life of Pi,
Madagascar, and The Avengers. Student-created films have garnered scores of
national awards (http://www.cogswell.edu/student-work/worlds-apart.php).
Cogswell alumni have gone on to careers with industry leaders such as:
Activision, DreamWorks, Disney, Electronic Arts, Pixar and Microsoft Game
Studio as well as starting their own creative ventures.
CONTACT: Hindi Marcinak
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