Planning a commencement is stressful. Planning a commencement for uncooperative students is even worse. Many commencement planners have to struggle with the lack of response from students. We understand the hassle, our emails get ignored too. The efficacy of planning a college commencement heavily depends......

How long should a graduation ceremony be? From the perspective of a graduate and his or her family, a commencement ceremony is something that marks a pivotal time in a person‘s life. This encompasses both a celebration of the individual and the institution at the......

The Hooding Ceremony is a special recognition ceremony for master’s or doctoral degree candidates. Lifetouch will work with your school to make sure everyone is aware of the expected practices and procedures during the ceremony. We understand that your school’s graduates are about to attain......

StageClip For many students their commencement day is an important marker in their lives. A day of joy and a day that symbolizes immense growth. It is a day that each graduate will remember fondly and any reminder of the moment they walked across the......

During a recent Lifetouch presentation in Orlando, the following question was brought forward: Does anyone know what to do for a visually-impaired person’s diploma? Among the 50+ attendees, no one had a solution. Following the presentation, a member of our team, conducted a search for......

The commencement ceremony is, to many, the most important day of their academic career, and one of the most important moments in their lives. Ensuring that every student and family feels respected goes a long way toward creating a more inclusive ceremony and campus. Even......

When it comes to properly executing single-line ceremonies, time and positioning are of the essence. From our experience, it is always best for graduates to enter the stage from the right-hand side (stage left). There are two reasons for this: the positioning of the tassel,......

Graduation is a multi-step process. To get the ball rolling and educate graduating seniors on this process, many institutions hold a Grad Fair (or Senior Send Off) where students can check off many of these pre-graduation tasks. Sometimes their parents come too. The more people......

For many, the act of walking across the stage to receive their diploma marks the pinnacle of their academic achievement. It is an incredibly exciting time and students sometime become caught up in the moment during the walk across the stage. This creates a considerable......

From experience working alongside platform parties, we have found that the repetitive motions (i.e., twisting, turning) make commencement ceremonies quite the workout for both the presenter and/or hand-off person.  In response to this, some people have started taking ibuprofen before the ceremony to avoid discomfort......

Commencement is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming both for graduates and faculty members. Graduates are often unsure on how to prepare for the occasion because it is so unique. Ceremony participants may overlook many small details due to the infrequency of......

Graduation day is a hectic time for many. To prepare their soon-to-be graduates for the big day, colleges and universities across the country have traditionally hosted graduation rehearsals, which most often take place on campus. While useful to those in attendance, several obstacles (e.g., the......