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Capturing the celebration

Graduation photos can be harder to take with stay-at-home orders in effect, but those Carolina blue caps and gowns and the students wearing them deserve to be highlighted. Enjoy these graduate portraits made in the Age of Zoom.

A polariod camera in Kenan Stadium with photos around it.

Those Carolina blue caps and gowns and the Tar Heels who earned them deserve the spotlight this spring.

With students studying at home this semester, Carolina’s picturesque landscapes weren’t an option for graduation photo backdrops. So, these Carolina graduates got creative.

A collage of polariods of four students in caps and gowns.

Instead of lining up for graduation photos at the Old Well or near the University seal in Polk Place as is traditional this time of year, the Class of 2020 substituted those iconic spots with scenes from home.

A collage of polariods of four students in caps and gowns.

Some of them included family members, pets and special memorabilia of their time at Carolina in their photos.

A collage of polariods of students in caps and gowns.

They all flashed bright smiles!

A collage of polariods of four students in caps and gowns.

Congratulations to members of the Class of 2020! We are incredibly proud of you.

University photographers spend hours on campus each spring, capturing photos of Carolina graduates celebrating this milestone. We wanted to keep the tradition alive this year by making images of graduates in their caps and gowns despite the distance. To do that, Carolina photographer Johnny Andrews hosted virtual photoshoots using Zoom and a modified vintage Polaroid 195 camera. This became our avenue for sharing these special moments with Tar Heels around the world.