Where to Take Your Graduation Photos

graduates with GRAD letters

Where to Take Your Graduation Photos

Getting the Graduation Shot

By Julia Faherty | Updated November 30, 2018

On December 14 and 15, family and friends will join together to celebrate the accomplishments of this year's graduates at Georgia Tech’s Commencement ceremonies.

As the big day approaches, graduates across campus have already been spotted sporting regalia and posing for photos. Luckily, Tech offers many picturesque locations, with plenty more available across Atlanta, that provide stunning backdrops. Visit one of the sites below — or all of them if you're feeling ambitious — and take a few tips from a professional photographer on how to compose the shot.

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Make It Personal

domonique hall

Domonique Hall, a business administration major and a student-athlete, took her regalia to a place where she spent a lot of time as a student: Georgia Tech's track and field facility.

Grab a

students at corliss pump

Sometimes a friend can take the awkwardness out of posing. Brandon Sheu (left), an electrical engineering major, and Duc Dao, a recent graduate, sit on the Corliss Pump in Harrison Square.

Keep It

harrison square

You can't go wrong with your cap, gown, and a beautiful background. Polly Davis, a psychology major, opted for the J.S. Coon Building (home of the psychology department).


terrell lewis at historical marker

Terrell Lewis took his photo with the Georgia Tech historical marker in Harrison Square, but brought along his decorated mortar board to make it unique.

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These locations are great for classic Tech graduation pictures. To make the photos unique, consider bringing along some props — a sign with 2018 written on it, a RAT Cap, balloons, or something significant from your extracurricular or social activities.

And of course, if you can manage it, grab a selfie with Buzz and President Peterson before you turn your tassel.

Corliss Pump

corliss pump

Harrison Square

harrison square

Tech Green

tech green

Kessler Campanile


Tech Tower

tech tower

Clough Commons Rooftop

clough commons rooftop

Einstein Statue

einstein statue

Rosa Parks Statue

rosa parks statue

Tech Square

tech square sign

Biotechnoloy Quad

skyline at biotech quad

Bobby Dodd Stadium

bobby dodd stadium

Clough Commons Stairs

clough stairs

Mayer Garden

mayer garden

North Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

north avenue bridge

Scheller College of Business

chihuly chandeliers in scheller


Fifth Street Bridge

fifth street bridge


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For amateur photographers, trying to capture decent graduation shots can be overwhelming. Georgia Tech photographer Rob Felt offers a few tips for improving the outcome no matter what skills or equipment you have:

  • Don’t fight the sun.
    Don’t mix shady areas with sunny ones. Use the side of a shady building for nice group light.
  • Don’t get too close.
    To get a photo with a building or monument in the background, don’t get too close to it — literally put it in the background.
  • Don’t overwhelm the crowd.
    When taking group photos, only use one camera at a time to avoid people looking different directions.

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If you want to get off campus, consider going to your favorite coffee shop, study spot, or a local park. A few nearby options include:

  • Jackson Street Bridge
  • Piedmont Park
  • Atlanta BeltLine
  • Atlantic Station
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Centennial Olympic Park
  • The Swan Coach House at the Atlanta History Center
  • The Fox Theatre

Writers: Julia Faherty and Kristen Bailey
Designer: Kristen Bailey
Photographers: Allison Carter, Rob Felt, Christopher Moore
Special Thanks: Polly Davis, Domonique Hall, Terrell Lewis, Brandon Sheu