My Role - Designer
With these kinds of ceremonies we usually approach them with the same practices we have done in the years before us- simply because this is how things are done. However, I wanted to cater for the students graduating that year and hold them in the way they felt they needed to be held.
Toi Whakaari's graduation spans across five days with events each day; Graduates and Tutors dinner, whole school and families BBQ, Graduation Ceremony and after function, Graduation Party, and I wanted the graduate class to feel ease to just experience the week of celebrations and take the time to breath and acknowledge themselves and their time at the institution and leave feeling settled, Ready.
I chose to design across the whole week acknowledging every event for coherency and familiarity. The 'Balloon' is the ultimate classic celebration decoration; here it is used as a symbol of their eagerness to learn and full themselves with knowledge. I admire the capacity students from Toi Whakaari have as makers and the unique set of skills they acquire. The balloon is just one of the markers to show there achievement at Toi Whakaari to which there will be many in their lives. With a balloon for every student ever graduated from the schools inception, seeing them all together raised high above the ceremony we are able to see what a great force these graduates are as they join the Toi Wharkaai Alumni and move into their next phase of their career.
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