12.9 Graduated!

Last Monday we graduated.

It was a crazy year with a (just as fitting) crazy ending.  

Here are some of the photos from this great (and blurry) night.

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A night complete with diplomas and swords (which were promptly taken from us before we partied)

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After Jim spoke, our mentors spoke to us and presented us with gifts that tended to be a reflection of our year as well as inspiration for the years to come.

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Afterwards, we invited everyone upstairs for food, drink, dancing, and basically an excuse to party on a Monday night.

Eric doing what Eric does best: tear up the dancefloor
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Just because the year is over, it doesn’t mean the bromance is

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Can never get away from work, Byron.
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Thanks to Wieden+Kennedy for the great year.

Also a thanks to Jim, Byron, Jinnina, Andrew, our mentors and everyone who supported us this year!

Love,

12.9



To W+K12.9 from W+K12.8 (plus others).

#graduation

Today We’re Watching: Children’s Animatronic Band sings “Pop, Lock, and Drop It”

Today We’re Watching: Fat cat on underwater treadmill

Today We’re Watching: An “Inspirational Example of Overcoming Fear”

Peter Mayhew, a.k.a Chewbacca, recently tweeted candid photos from on the set during the filming of the original Star Wars.
This one, I had to photoshop.

Peter Mayhew, a.k.a Chewbacca, recently tweeted candid photos from on the set during the filming of the original Star Wars.

This one, I had to photoshop.

(Source: unionlosangeles.com)

Today we’re watching: “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” & Part II.

Today we’re watching: The Departed — alternative ending

Happy Birthday, Mr. Bowie.

Hello, future failures of W+K 12.10.

We know a lot of you have been waiting for information to apply for the next round of 12.

We have an update, but first some news to report.

Stealing a move from Michael Jordan’s playbook, our Director Jim Riswold is retiring from the advertising business—again—to focus on his art and other business opportunities. His contributions to Wieden+Kennedy/WK12 are immeasurable and have helped shape the agency that exists today.

Due to this departure, we’re pushing back the 2014 start date to ensure the right leadership is in place for the next class. We’re aiming to return in September 2014, so check back here and on our twitter feed for updates on the next application submission process.

Byron T. Oshiro and Jinnina Chiles aren’t going anywhere either.

Byron has been one of the agency’s more versatile players. He’s been a senior account person on the Nike business both here and in Tokyo, before returning to be the Co-Director of 12. Next, Byron will join our Interactive Production department as a Producer.

And last but not least, there’s Jinnina. Jinnina, who’s supported Jim and Byron and served as the heart of 12, will continue to be responsible for all events in the building as well as the continued distributor of happiness for all those here in need.

Continue to check back here for more updates from 12.9, current projects, alumni profiles and eventual application process info.

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