When I graduated from Film school, I never attended my grad. I think that at the time, I felt like my school hadn’t really valued me as a student and the little bit of rebel in me had thought “Well, screw that!” and when I look back, I kind of regret it. I should have went to my grad and valued that I had reached a milestone of my own.
My little sister just reached hers over the weekend and I must say I am quite proud! It was really neat to also be a part of the entire event from her getting her cap and gown, to seeing her walk out into the auditorium for the first time. The mini orchestra played music as the professors, head of departments, deans, vice president and chancellor walked on stage. Each of them dressed in a very unique looking gown and in very regal colours. It was a very “Harry Potter” moment. Are you sure you aren’t graduating from wizard school? (Turns out that the Gown or Robe comes from the 12th century and universities had started in Europe where there weather was a little colder. Grads wore gowns/robes and hoods to keep warm! The caps were originally called Mortarboards as they looked like one that a Mason would use. They were also worn by artists & students.)
We learned that this class marked the last class of the last century to graduate as this year marks UBC’s 100th birthday. How cool is that?! It was a pretty awesome moment watching her walk onto the stage to shake the hands of the chancellor and other leaders of the school and knowing that this person is going to use her education to do something good in the world. Let’s just hope the world is ready for her.
After the ceremony, we had a bit of time to snap some photos – our favourite thing to do of course. After getting all the must haves, we made our way across the school to visit one of the original sites where the first building had been built. I never knew the school had such a rich history! From there, we headed for my sister’s building where she spent majority of her time. We said some final goodbyes then headed for the bookstore to pick up a souvenir – can’t leave without a school hoody!
Throughout the year, I shoot multiple events and sometimes lose touch of why I do what I do. I live and experience so many of other peoples’ milestones that it’s nice to be a part of my own and spend some time with my family. It makes me realize why these moments are so special for others cause they’re very special to me!
JMESHOOTS | VANCOUVER GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPHER
My name is Jamie Poh. I have 8 years experience in the industry and have shot over 50 events, weddings & family sessions. I’d love to capture your next big milestone.