I must have photographed a hundred graduations in my career as a newspaper photographer–maybe more, maybe double that. I’ve lost count. I’ve seen quite a few; but I’ve never seen any to rival Evergreen’s. Nowhere else does commencement feel quite so joyous. I have to say, I love the way we do it here: with costumes, decorations and a random assortment of gowns and every other sort of get-up from jeans to chain mail.
Graduation is the threshold of a new phase of life, and many schools demand that their students comport themselves with decorum in honor of that. Not Evergreen. Here, it’s a celebration; and there’s a recognition that embarking onto that next phase of life is the beginning of an exciting adventure. It is my pleasure as a photographer to try to capture a little of that feeling.
To see the rest of our images and download your favorites, visit http://photo.evergreen.edu/galleries/grad13 — Shauna Bittle