Convocation spotlight on…

Name: Mike Pinder
Position: Freelance photographer
Department: My services are shared by the Department of University Communications, the Senate Office, the Department of University Advancement and the President’s Office.

How long have you worked on Convocation?

I’ve been taking photos at every fall and spring Convocation since 1990.

What is your function before or during Convocation and why is it important?

I am hired by the university to take the official photographs of the honorary degree recipients and medalists as well as providing a visual record of all the Convocation-related activities (e.g., graduands being hooded on stage and the reception after each ceremony) for archival purposes. These photos can appear in a number of university publications such as Carleton Now and the Carleton University Magazine. Plus, I will take photographs, upon request, for faculty, staff and the media.

What is it about working on Convocation that inspires you?

I look forward every year to Convocation. There is such a gamut of expressions from the grads as they cross the stage! To see the relief, the anxiety, the anticipation and the reality that their days at Carleton are done, the final goodbyes to classmates–it is quite a roller coaster of emotions to try and capture with my camera.

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