Bob Hurley, founder and chief executive of Costa Mesa-based clothing company Hurley International, will speak at Laguna College of Art + Design's graduation, the college announced in a news release.
"Bob is more than a business success story," college President Jonathan Burke said in the release. "He led a cultural phenomenon that brought the surfing lifestyle into the mainstream. His philosophy of hard work and nurturing great talent — many of whom are LCAD students and alumni — is significant to our new generation of graduating artists and designers."
Hurley partnered with the college five years ago to develop a degree program in action sports design, in which students collaborate with Hurley art directors to understand industry methods and develop designs for use on surf and lifestyle apparel.
Nike, Hurley's parent company, recognized LCAD's design and digital media school as one of the four best design schools in the world, according to the release.