2012: UCD graduate student receives her MFA while fighting rare form of cancerLoading
  • Kourtney gets her degree
    Kourtney Lampedecchio, 31, is scheduled to receive her MFA, even as she starts a new round of radiation treatment for a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer that has riddled her brain, spine and skeleton with tumors. Doctors say she has outlived their expectations. But she's not done yet. After graduation Lampedecchio plans to move to L.A. to try to break into TV and film design.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Kourtney gets her degree
    Kourtney Lampedecchio get prepped for radiation treatment at the UC Davis Cancer Center.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Kourtney gets her degree
    Kourtney Lampedecchio talks in the hallway to her doctor Jyoti Mayadev, M.D., at the UC Davis Cancer Center after receiving radiation therapy. Lampedecchio has been fighting a rare form of breast cancer while getting her master's degree at UC Davis.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Kourtney gets her degree
    Kourtney Lampedecchio embraces Maggie Chan as they line up prior to graduation ceremony to receive their MFA degrees at UC Davis.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Kourtney gets her degree
    Kourtney Lampedecchio puts on her cap prior to her graduation ceremony at UC Davis.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Kourtney gets her degree
    Kourtney Lampedecchio has been fighting a rare form of cancer while getting her master's degree at UCD. Today she realizes one of her biggest dreams as she receives her MFA.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Kourtney gets her degree
    Kourtney Lampedecchio walks into the Pavilion at the ARC at UC Davis with other graduates during her commencement ceremony to receive her MFA.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Kourtney gets her degree
    Kourtney Lampedecchio has been fighting a rare form of cancer while getting her master's degree at UCD. Today she realizes one of her biggest dreams as she receives her MFA.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Kourtney gets her degree
    Kourtney Lampedecchio has been fighting a rare form of cancer while getting her master's degree at UCD. Today she realizes one of her biggest dreams as she receives her MFA.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Kourtney gets her degree
    Kourtney Lampedecchio receives her MFA degree from Chancellor Linda Katehi during the commencement ceremony at UC Davis.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Kourtney gets her degree
    Kourtney Lampedecchio is hugged by Victoria Dye after walking across the stage to receive her MFA degree at UC Davis.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Kourtney gets her degree
    Kourtney Lampedecchio walks the stage off after receiving her MFA degree with her instructor, John Iacovelli.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Kourtney gets her degree
    Kourtney Lampedecchio is congratulated by her grandmother, Diane Sharp of Placerville.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • Kourtney gets her degree
    Kourtney Lampedecchio gets an emotional hug from her mom, Vicky Morasci of Placerville after she receiving her MFA at UC Davis.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • RB Kourtney
    Theater set designer Kourtney Lampedecchio shows off one of her set models at the UC Davis theater department in Davis on Thursday, November 17, 2011.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
  • RB Kourtney
    Theater set designer Kourtney Lampedecchio at the UC Davis theater department in Davis on Thursday, November 17, 2011.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
  • RB Kourtney
    Theater set designer Kourtney Lampedecchio at the UC Davis theater department in Davis on Thursday, November 17, 2011.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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