Last weekend I had the opportunity to photograph the inaugural commencement for Wyoming Catholic College. Founded in 2005, the school is a private liberal arts school in rural Lander, Wyoming. On Saturday, May 14, the school handed out bachelor of liberal arts degrees to 30 students. I was hired to document the occasion by the college. Between a few standard podium shots and group shots, I focused mainly on in-between, candid moments during the day. Although some might categorize an assignment like this as “commercial,” I approached it like I was hired to document history. After all being that this was the school’s first commencement, it was history. I had free roam throughout the day so I wandered around before, after and during the ceremony photographing everything that I saw. Here are a few of my favorites. You can also view more photos here.
This year Robert Gates, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, spoke to graduates at Indiana University’s Winter Commencement Exercises. Gates earned a masters in history from the university in 1966.