Resources for Graduation Event Professionals

How Students and Parents View Commencement

As a part of the graduation industry, it's easy to forget the myriad of emotions students and their families experience around commencement. For any given student, graduation represents numerous years of hard work, dedication, personal and financial sacrifice as well as formative years creating relationships that will last a lifetime. GradImages explored these experiences further during focus groups with graduates and their families. Here are some of the emotions grads and their families reported feeling on graduation day:

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How close-up photos work at commencement

At commencement, offering close-up photographs is a great way to provide additional photo options to your graduates and their families.

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How custom backdrops can be used at commencement

At most graduation ceremonies served by GradImages, our photographers capture a ceremony portrait. This posed image – separate from the handshake photograph – is taken either immediately before or immediately after a graduate is recognized on stage.

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GradImages is already preparing for your next graduation

Welcome BackWith most schools now back in session, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the commencement season that is now behind us, and look ahead to the 2014-2015 academic year. It was an exciting summer at GradImages, and we are very grateful for the event coordinators at our client schools who made everything happen. What we do would not be possible without your hard work!

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Video highlight packages offered by GradImages at select ceremonies

New in 2014, GradImages is proud to offer video highlight packages for selected schools and universities. This video is customized for each graduate, featuring his or her own individual recognition on stage. Combined with visual and audio highlights from the ceremony, each video is between 60-90 seconds long, and creates a powerful, lasting memory of this special event.

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A beautiful background option for ceremony portraits at commencement

In addition to the handshake photograph taken on stage, GradImages was the pioneer in adding additional photographer positions to commencement ceremonies.  This is a better option for schools, as it allows us to provide additional image choices to graduates and their families.

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How clothing can cause problems with green screens at commencement

Green screen technology is ideally suited for a studio environment, where the photographer has precise control over the individual(s) being photographed and their clothing, and where there are no constraints on the amount of time it takes to capture each image.

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How green screen technology can be used at commencement

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Green screen technology at commencementGradImages was one of the first companies to utilize green screen technology at commencement ceremonies.  By taking a ceremony portrait of each graduate in front of a green screen backdrop, either immediately before or after being recognized on stage, we are then able to render each individual's image onto multiple backgrounds.  This provides additional image option choices to graduates and their families.

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Differences between photographic paper finishes

There are essentially four different photo finishes used in photograph printing today:

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