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No Cap, No Gown? No Problem

Five senior portraits, plus their takes on the Zoom graduation.


For SAIC’s seniors, graduation is fast approaching, albeit on a computer screen. Jensen Teng spoke to five seniors on their opinions on graduating virtually, complementing these with informal “graduation” portraits minus the cap and gown — because who needs a graduation robe on Zoom?

Maria Jesus Amo Soria, architect and designer

“It’s disappointing to not have an event as a culmination of four years of work, tears, and money, but it is what it is. At least it was a fun roller coaster.”

Mia Henry, architect & furniture designer

“Now I can get wasted and won’t have to worry about walking in a straight line to grab my diploma!”

Sarwarish Singh, footwear and accessories designer

“It’s an event revolving around a piece of paper with something scribbled on it. It doesn’t matter.”

Catherine Gross, graphic designer

“It’s strange that finishing four years of work will be acknowledged by me hearing my name from my laptop screen. It feels anti-climactic.”

Malcom Mackey, multidisciplinary artist and designer 

“It’s all quite unceremonious picturing graduation on Zoom, but it’s the reality of the situation and hopefully, we can make the best out of it. This milestone is about closure for me — a send-off to start a new chapter in life. We must only go forward from here.”

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