Postal mail, email, and text message are all ways GradImages can provide graduates with access to their proofs from commencement and student portrait events. However, without the ability to acquire address information, proofs cannot be delivered. Consequently, without the ability to deliver proofs, the vast majority of graduates and their families will never see their images from these special events.
Each year, thousands of schools across the United States and Canada rely on GradImages to capture memories for almost two million graduates. We are honored to be the most trusted name in commencement photography.
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.)
In this article, we will explore why using a reader list to announce graduate names as they cross the stage is not a best practice for commencement ceremonies.
When a school enters into an “all-inclusive” agreement for photography services, this typically means one (and only one) photographer has been retained for all pictures at that institution, regardless of the event type. This arrangement is most often seen at middle schools and high schools, where the photographer could be asked to capture everything from marching band pictures to prom portraits.
A ceremony portrait is a posed photograph taken of each graduate during commencement. Typically, these images are taken as graduates approach or depart the stage.
Pre-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:
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.