TIUA closing ceremony

TIUA Closing Ceremony Practice

It’s that busy time of the year, with graduations and end-of-year events. And time for Tokyo International University of America at Willamette to have their closing ceremony and send this year’s group of students back to Japan. We’ll be shooting the event on Friday night but today I (Tamra) went to the practice and helped this year’s group of kids see where they need to look when they’re shaking hands and getting their certificates. Practice is held early in the morning a couple of days before the ceremony and the students are always a little sleepy, so having at least one of us there to give them the practice at looking at the camera is important!

TIUA students

The students gather for practice.

look at the photographer

Demonstrating where to look

TIUA student at practice

Practicing holding their certificate

Gunnar Gundersen of TIUA

Gunnar Gundersen, the EVP of TIUA, gives the students some final tips

 

 

 

Graduation Ceremony Photography: TIUA in Salem

This was our third year (or maybe fourth) photographing the “Closing Ceremony” for Tokyo International University in America at Willamette University last December. This year’s class was the biggest to date with 130 students, which makes it a challenge to get a photograph of every single student getting their diploma and shaking hands with President Tsugio Tajiri from Tokyo International University in Kawagoe, Japan.

We get photos of the speakers, the diploma presentation, the various awards, and then after the event of the party itself. The food at the party is always terrific, featuring a variety of Japanese items and some tasty desserts. We enjoy capturing all the hugs and tears and giggles from the students, and this year the students decided they wanted a photo of all of them and all the TIUA instructors as a special keepsake.