Philadelphia

Toss Your Caps Ceremony on the Philadelphia Art Museum Steps

I always wanted to shoot the “Caps Toss” on the Phila Art Museum Steps, and I had a chance to do it last week. Here’s a pictorial of the event and press release info, which was held Friday May 8 and lasted about an hour or we could title this, HughE’s continuing series are capturing epic events on the steps.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter capped
off the school year by celebrating the accomplishments of more than 200
new graduates from 15 colleges and universities in Philadelphia and the
surrounding area
on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Mayor Nutter was joined by
Chief Education Officer Dr. Lori Shorr (speaking), Congressman Chaka Fattah and NBC 10 anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah,
as well as college presidents from
participating Philadelphia colleges for the event. The program was
followed by a group “class photo” on the museum steps and individual
shots of each participating school. 
“Toss Your Caps!
recognizes Philadelphia’s local college graduates for their hard work,
determination
and commitment to earning a college degree.  It is a celebration of
these young people and their remarkable accomplishments,” said Mayor
Nutter.  “And, I know that this milestone will be just the first of many
achievements to come. I want to commend our Toss
Your Cap! participants and the entire class of 2015 and wish them well on their path to success.”

Prior
to the program, participating students walked in a graduation
procession from Eakins Oval
on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the museum’s steps, where they took
center stage for a “Class of 2015” graduation photo. 

Mayor Nutter and
many of the students wore their various college and university t-shirts
and graduation caps for their individual school
photo sessions. To commemorate the occasion, the graduates were treated
with graduation gifts, refreshments and information on additional
academic and career opportunities.


Dr. Shorr said the event illustrated the student’s commitment to education and to expanding their
future career opportunities.

“I
am pleased to report that since Mayor Nutter announced his bold
education goal to increase the number
of Philadelphians with a college degree from 18 percent to 36 percent,
that the number has increased to 25.2 percent according to the Census
Bureau,” said Dr. Shorr. “I am optimistic that this upward trend will
continue due the hard work of our students, families
and schools. I want to particularly thank the local colleges and
universities who have embraced the Mayor’s campaign to increase college
attainment.”

BTW Save June 6 for my showing of the year long project #SelfieShots, which I will be displaying at Replica Creative on First Friday.
Kathy Sledge entertains the college students and the crowd of proud
family and onlookers with a stirring rendition of “We Are Family” during
Toss Your Caps, which celebrates the achievements of local college graduates..

Kathy Sledge, Congressman Chaka Fattah and wife, NBC 10 anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah,.

 Kathy Sledge entertains the college students and the crowd of proud
family and onlookers with a stirring rendition of “We Are Family” during
Toss Your Caps, which celebrates the achievements of local college
graduates..

Mayor Michael Nutter
Mayor Nutter recognizes NBC 10 anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah for her work.
The ram was hot

About 15 higher-education institutions in the Philadelphia area tossed their caps to celebrate their college graduations today at the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps, as part of the city’s Sixth Annual Toss your Caps event.
This was the 2nd toss and the hats went much higher. Congrats to all the students!!