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Austin Livingston

Austin Livingston

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A look inside the GradImages Printing Department

While email, text messages, and even social media posts are valuable tools to help distribute photo proofs from commencement as quickly as possible, paper proofs continue to be quite important to both graduates and their families.

Topics: GradImages Technology Commencement Photography

How photo proofs from commencement are quickly sent

With graduates and their families, there’s an inherent expectation that photo proofs from their graduation ceremony will be available online almost immediately after the ceremony. After all, with today’s technology, we live in a world of near-instant gratification.

Topics: Commencement Preparations Best Practices GradImages Technology Commencement Photography

A Busy Day at the GradImages' Office in Tallahassee

On Tuesday, hundreds of packages arrived at the GradImages office in Tallahassee, Florida following one of the busiest weekends of our spring graduation season. It took two UPS employees a full hour to scan and offload approximately 500 parcels.

7 considerations to make before selling premium seats at commencement

Is it appropriate to charge parents and spectators for “premium seating” at commencement? This has been happening for a few years, though is not yet a widespread trend. Before we dive into this topic, we first need to establish that there are two types of premium seats. The first is based on comfort, and the second is based on vantage point. One has a remarkably different stigma attached to it than the other.

Topics: Commencement Preparations Best Practices Etiquette Commencement Photography

A look inside GradImages' photographer training

This weekend, April 24th and 25th, GradImages will conclude the last of this spring's photographer training workshops, which started in late March.  This purpose of this training is to provide our photographers with hands-on recurrent instruction, discuss new policies & procedures, reinforce best-practices, and of course to share ideas.

Topics: Commencement Preparations GradImages Commencement Photography Commencement Staff

GradImages team helps raise money for textbook scholarships

For the last seven years, the 49er Shops Bookstore at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has hosted a charity event called Bowling for Books.  GradImages is proud to have sponsored a team in this year's tournament, held on April 17, 2015.  Proceeds from this event topped $73,000, and will be used for textbook scholarships for CSULB students.

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A inside look at the GradImages Equipment Department

If you ever have a chance to visit GradImages’ headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida, one of the most impressive sights you’ll see is our Equipment Department.  Row after row of steel shelving lines this massive room, which is home to more than:

Topics: GradImages Technology Commencement Photography

Friends and Family Cards Help Locate Commencement Photos

Immediately after a graduation ceremony has concluded, GradImages is hard at work uploading images, compiling data, and matching graduates with their photos. While the rush is on to deliver commencement proofs as quickly as possible, ensuring we have accurate address information for each graduate is no easy feat.

Interesting Findings from a Recent Survey of Graduates

Like many companies, GradImages uses surveys to help gather meaningful insights from our customers. Being the largest commencement photography company in North America arguably gives us unprecedented access to the opinions and preferences of graduates and their families. While these surveys are meant to help us continuously improve our services, the information we gather is often interesting to our client commencement coordinators.

Commencement Spotlight: Linda Bekerian at Northeastern University

Editor's Note: Linda Bekerian is the Associate Director of Academic Ceremonies at Northeastern University in Boston, and the Past President for the North American Association of Commencement Officers. She is responsible for some very impressive and complex commencement ceremonies, with graduate participation in the thousands. This article highlights Linda, her role as the University's commencement director, and how she prepares for these special events.

Also, be sure to check out Linda's article on NAACO, which can be found here.

Topics: Commencement Preparations Personal Stories