Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Graduation: In the Crowd and Behind the Scenes

by Krista Hall

Some of my favorite pictures from events are the ones most people don't see or notice. These are pictures taken behind the scenes, where friends help each other put on their graduation gowns or rehearse the Saint Meinrad seminary anthem one last time.

These are also pictures taken away from where the main action is happening. The crowd has their eyes directed at the altar, and I have my camera directed at the crowd.

Often times, these pictures have more emotion, but more importantly, they give a different view of an event. People who attended this year's graduation probably recall the homily or taking communion during Mass or the heartfelt speeches during the commencement ceremony. They most likely won't remember the children cuddled up to family members or the quick smiles shared between classmates.

As a photographer, I feel like it's a privilege to witness these small moments. People let me in and it's my duty to make the best picture to tell the story of the event. Enjoy these small moments that tell the story of this year's graduation.

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Echoes from the Bell Tower is a blog devoted to observations on Christian faith, spirituality and everyday events, by authors with a connection to the Benedictine values found at Saint Meinrad Archabbey and its Seminary and School of Theology. Contributors include students, permanent deacons, Benedictine oblates and Saint Meinrad monks. Their stories, thoughts and ideas highlight the mission and vision that ring out from the bell towers on this Hill in southern Indiana.


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