I think it's great that design is a field where you can become a successful professional without a related degree, but I'm interested to hear how your design education (or lack of) has affected your career.
What kind of program did you attend, and how did it (or didn't it) shape you as a designer?
Do you have a success story with only a portfolio and no formal education?
For students, how do you feel the program you're attending measures up to the standards of the industry?
For managers, how much weight do you put on the education of an applicant when hiring?