Welp, Commencement 2014 is in the history books. We’ve had time to recharge our batteries (literally and metaphorically) and go through the hundreds of pictures we made over the course of the weekend’s events. Here are ten which are memorable to us. Photos are in chronological order, with the initials of the photographer at the beginning of the caption.
-Matt Cashore and Barbara Johnston
BJ – The seniors’ last visit to the Grotto is my favorite Commencement event to shoot because it is visually beautiful and the emotional element is palpable.
MC – The tradition of academic regalia was on fine display at the Graduate School Commencement Saturday morning. The colors and variety of the robes and hoods and–hey, wait a minute…is that a baseball cap?? I never got the story behind the unique choice in academic attire, but it made me smile.
MC – This is sunrise on Sunday morning. The calm before the storm.
BJ – I often like to incorporate reflections in my composition.
BJ – I thought this was a fun moment when Mark Santrach, the valedictorian waved to his classmates from the podium donning a cap with the model of the Duomo in Florence, Italy, before delivering his speech.
BJ – I just like the way the composition came together.
MC – I wanted a photo that said “Commencement Speaker” in a non-specific way. Had to shoot it from a low angle to avoid showing empty seats. Even without 20,000 faces looking at me, that’s still an intimidating place to stand!
BJ – I always enjoy capturing the pride and joy on the faces of parents, family members and friends at graduation. Of course this was taken in front of the Main Building, while graduates posed for photos on the steps.
MC – I have an ongoing collection of graduates doing jumping photos. I never ask them to do it, but I keep an eye and ear out for groups of students posing for their families. Almost always, someone will say “Let’s do a jumping photo!” My Commencement coverage feels incomplete without it.
MC – Wow! That was quick…this guy’s been an alum for all of 3 hours and he’s already got the sweatshirt. Plaid pants are next.