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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Difference between graduates and commencement participants

In the context of commencement ceremonies, the terms "graduates" and "participants" are often used interchangeably, but can have different meanings.

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How contracts for commencement photography work

With the 2015 – 2106 academic year now underway, GradImages is already preparing for the winter and spring commencement seasons. This process starts with making sure the contracts we have with our client schools are up-to-date.  In order to help reduce confusion, below are some common questions about contracts for commencement photography:

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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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How the Procurement Process Affects Commencements

At a large and growing number of schools, procurement departments now play an important role in commencement preparations. As a graduation professional, it’s important to be familiar with the procurement process at your institution and be actively engaged when products or services needed for your ceremonies are subject to competitive bidding.

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Considerations for two lines of graduates at commencement

The majority of commencements across North America have graduates crossing the stage in only one direction, either right-to-left or left-to-right.  When commencement professionals talk about a ceremony having two lines, they are referring to a process by which graduates approach and cross the stage from two different directions simultaneously.  (The word "simultaneously" is important.)

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When model releases are required for commencement PR images

If you are a GradImages client, we are pleased to provide complimentary copies of all public relations (PR) images taken at your commencements.  Click here to read more and view sample PR images. While these images are useful for a variety of applications, it is important to understand that a signed model release may be needed from the people in the image before it may be used in certain circumstances.

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An overview of public relations photography at commencement

Public relations (PR) photographs are candid, fun, memorable pictures taken before, during, and after a commencement ceremony. Photographers have more flexibility and artistic discretion when taking PR images than they do taking ceremony images, such as handshake photographs. They enjoy exploring the creative side of their job to help capture the true spirit and emotion of graduation.

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An explanation of processional photographs at large commencements

A commencement ceremonies where graduates are not individually recognized on stage - usually because of the sheer volume of participants within a single ceremony - commencement photography in the traditional sense is not possible.  In other words, if graduates do not cross the stage, then there is no handshake photograph to be captured.  However, there is a "next best" alternative to consider if your school or university does not individually recognize graduates on stage at commencement.

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