Resources for Graduation Event Professionals

How GradRoll can display graduate names at commencement

GradImages has a new, proprietary system called GradRoll that can display graduates' names on the venue's video display systems as each person is recognized on stage. Here's the way our system works:

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6 ways to discourage spectator outbursts at commencement

In Part 2 of our series, we will look at some steps you can take to discourage spectator outbursts at commencement, both before and during your ceremony.

Topics: Commencement Preparations Best Practices Etiquette

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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3 benefits of GradImages' pre-registration

Explain to graduates the benefit of commencement preregistrationPre-registration is a quick step that your graduates should be encouraged to take before commencement.  By completing a short online form, graduates (and family members) can provide their own email address directly to GradImages, which ensures timely delivery of their photo proofs after the ceremony.  This can be done by visiting:

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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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The importance of sign language interpretation at commencement


Editor's Note: At many graduation ceremonies across America you’ll likely see a sign language interpreter standing next to the stage on a platform or elevated position interpreting the graduation for a community of students and families. A Gallaudet Research Institute summary estimates 3.4% of the American population between 18 and 34 are hard of hearing or Deaf, around 2.3 million Americans. Providing a sign language interpreter for hard of hearing or Deaf students and graduate families is an integral part of an exemplary commencement experience.

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How to assist limited mobility spectators at commencement

The number of people with mobility limitations as a percentage of all spectators can be slightly higher at commencement than at other school events. Grandparents and the elderly are more likely to attend these once-in-a-lifetime ceremonies, and unfortunately with age comes a higher likelihood of some type of mobility concern.  Additionally, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 3.6 million military veterans with service-related injuries.  With this in mind, what accommodations can event coordinators make for those commencement spectators who have limited mobility?

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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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