Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of featuring RMark Photography's work with Max. (A Man of Substance) It was January when I put together the piece and tucked away these shots of Max in (and out of) his cap and gown. I knew they'd make the perfect centerpiece for a graduation themed day. Max looks ready to face his future, and although I really love his tan lines.... I'd also love to catch him on a beach this summer, going for that all over tan.
'Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.'
I didn't attend my graduation from University. I had already moved on mentally and had already started a full time job. My diploma arrived in the mail about six months later and it remained in it's cardboard container in my old bedroom at home for over a decade. One Christmas my parents decided to surprise me by having it framed. It was a really nice gesture, but I never ended up hanging it up, either at home or my office.
My high school graduation on the other hand, was a blur. I stupidly agreed to sing, so that, and calming my nerves, was pretty much all I could think of. It was really hot and muggy night and the ceremony took almost three hours to complete. Of course my song was set for just near the end. I did however, enjoy my prom, which included a late night beach trip, and breaking up (again) with my high school girlfriend.
Graduations are important, but not nearly as important as the time and money put into them. A few years ago, I attended my cousins high school graduation. The entire night was all about how everyone arrived. I live in a rural area, so students arrived in limos, in wagons, on horses, in firetrucks, even a small group in a helicopter. It was fun for about five minutes, but the overkill got to be a bit much after awhile.
I love a party, but when it comes to ceremonies, I'm into minimalism. I prefer less pomp and ceremony, less fanfare, less expense, and most of all, the less clothing the better. With Covid, I know many missed their proms and ceremonies last year. This year, in most area's, smaller, socially distant ceremonies are back on. Good Luck to all those graduating, and all of those who must endure a three hour graduation ceremony this year, either as a graduate, or as an attendee.
In 1999's She's All That, Dean (Paul Walker), challenges Zack (Freddie Prinze Jr.) to a bet on whether Zack can turn any random girl into the Prom Queen within six weeks. As you can see, Zach lost the bet.
When I was thinking of compiling Graduation nude scenes on film, I initially thought there'd me tons. For some reason I thought flashing or mooning at graduation ceremonies was a staple in many teen flicks. Flashing and mooning is of course a staple, but there were not as many instances as Grad as I first thought. I found a few additional 'prom' flashes, but for this piece, decided to stick to convocations and cap and gown flashing.
Robin Williams in Patch Adams (1998)
' I wanted to become a doctor so I could serve others. And because of that, I've lost everything. But I've also gained everything.'
Hunter Patch Adams
As with many films, the graduation ceremony in 1998's Patch Adams, and Robin Williams butt flash, happens at the very end of the movie. Given Patch's personality, it wouldn't have been a Graduation without him stealing the show.
Dan Monahan in Porky's Revenge (1985)
'Graduation nears for the class of 1955 at Angel Beach High. The the gang once again faces off against their old enemy Porky.'
The last film in the Porky's series actually had two Graduation scenes, one at the beginning, and one at the end. The one at the beginning of the film was just Pee Wee's dream, the one at the end, the real grad. Although actor Dan Monahan (Pee Wee) showed everything in the first two films, I couldn't help but wonder if there was a body double used in these scenes. It may have been due to the big crowds, or it could have been these scenes were shot on location at a different time. It could be Dan, but looking closely at the face had me wondering.
Moose (Tony Ganios, Brian (Scott Colomby) and Tommy (Wyatt Knight)