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Graduation day(s) Monday, June 11, 2007

Centennial High School's class of 2007 listens to Principal Mark Baier's address June 5 during their graduation ceremony at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland.

As you may know, I've been shooting a lot of graduation ceremonies recently. If they paid me a nickel for every time I've heard Pomp and Circumstance in the past week or so ... it wouldn't be worth it, even if you consider that they are required to repeat it ad nauseum until all the grads have entered the site. (Fortunately, OHSU had pipers playing something else.) This week will be even more intense: seven grads over six days.

Most seem to be
at either the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall or Memorial Coliseum. "The Schnitz" is probably the nicer venue for the participants and their guests, but it is a bit of a pain for a photographer—parking is limited or expensive, the hall is quite dark and difficult to move around in, and they have a 30-minute "lockout" window about an hour before the ceremony when you can't be in the hall. Apparently it's expensive to book, as well. All of the high schools in Gresham will be holding their ceremonies next year at the Convention Center across the river. Portland Public Schools are all moving to the Coliseum next year.

The Coliseum is somewhat brighter to shoot in, and is a lot easier to move around in. It's not as fancy, though, as it was built for basketball games, not theater.

Victoria Tasbaltayeva (left) celebrates after receiving her diploma June 7 at Gresham High School's 101st commencement ceremony.

(right) Mandy Lindsey hugs teacher Shawn Daley after receiving her diploma.

Gresham High School's class of 2007 sit in neat, orderly rows as they listen to Class President Miguel Montoya speak June 7 at their graduation ceremony at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Pick up a copy of The Outlook for more photos from these Centennial and Gresham HS ceremonies.