Follow these guidelines when taking your photo to be included in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony to ensure the best results.

Download a flyer (PDF) with visual examples.


  • White, gray, or navy background color with no pattern.
  • If outdoors, plain wall or background.
  • If taken with virtual background via zoom, white, gray, or navy background.


  • Portrait orientation.
  • Graduate framed waist to graduation cap. No full body pictures.
  • Graduate only photo. No other people/subjects in photo or background.
  • If you need to take with a phone, no low or high angle selfies. When using a phone, we suggest using portrait mode to help blur background.
  • On the MarchingOrder site, only .PNG or .JPG will be accepted up to 5MB.


  • Pictures must be taken in full cap and gown regalia. Gown can include graduation hood and cords. Only cap and gown pictures will be accepted.
  • If you do not have a cap and gown for the photo, they can be purchased until April 5. If you do not receive your cap and gown in time or cannot secure one, please contact