Grad Finale to Feature Two Campus Photo Opportunities

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

As a part of our commencement celebration, Valencia College will host Grad Finale, a three-day, drive-through photo experience.

Graduates may select a time from Thursday, April 15 through Saturday, April 17, 2021, between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to visit either the East, Osceola or West Campuses. The experience, which will be led by the campus’ leadership teams, will be the same on each campus. Upon arrival to campus, students will have two photo opportunities:

  • An official graduation photo of the student and a Valencia College leader in regalia on an outdoor stage, taken by a professional photographer; and
  • A celebratory selfie station where the student may take photos with family and friends.

To continue the experience, the Marketing team is designing a commencement social media toolkit that will contain Valencia graduation-themed filters, frames, GIFs and other digital assets for  students, their families, and our faculty and staff members to celebrate graduation on social media.

Since we know that an important part of the graduation experience, and this photo opportunity, is our students taking their photos in their caps and gowns, decorating their caps and tossing them in the air, we’ve mailed each 2021 graduate a box that contains a cap, gown, tassel and diploma cover. And as a special gift from the Valencia College Alumni Relations office, a Valencia College license plate holder is also included (perfect for a drive-through event).

To be inclusive of our participating 2020 graduates and provide them with an in-person recognition event to honor their achievements, we are inviting them to reserve a spot to join in on the celebration. We expect approximately 200 individuals from our 2020 graduating class to participate, in addition to our 2021 graduates. As 2020 graduates received a cap and tassel but not a gown last year, they will have an opportunity to request a gown.

All 2021 graduates and those 2020 graduates who expressed interest in attending Grad Finale will receive an email on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, to register for the date and time to attend. To view a sample of the email that will be sent to 2021 graduates, click hereTo view a sample of the email 2020 graduates will receive, click here.

If you’re interested in volunteering to be a part of the on-campus experience to help celebrate our graduates, please contact your campus leadership.

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