Optimism and pride filled the 26,000 square foot white tent at the Ninety-ninth Annual Commencement at Reed College. Identified as one of the most academically rigorous colleges in the nation, graduates and guests had much to be proud of. West Coast Event Productions is proud to have been part of the production and design of the prestigious ceremony for the past nine years. With various tents of all dimensions, extensive staging, set design, audio visual necessary for 12k image magnification, and a state of the art sound system necessary to ensure impeccable sound quality for the delivery of speeches that may forever be remembered, the ceremony is a grand production, which WCEP has continuously delivered. Beth Martin, Director of Conference and Events at Reed, described the head event production and Account Manager, DJ Smith, as a “rock star!” West Coast and Reed College have established a positive and efficient partnership for nearly a decade, as the majority of WCEP staff assisting with the event have been involved since 2005, when Reed first began trusting WCEP to execute the University’s commencement.
“It has been a pleasure working so closely with every member of the planning team at Reed College. Reed’s full team is solidly grounded in supporting successful events – from the office of public affairs and president’s office, to the grounds crew and campus security detail team; everyone is a partner to each other in communicating event knowledge necessary to pull off the multi-faceted, multi-day, multi-location events we help produce at Reed College, like the commencement ceremony. This open discussion and collaboration between Reed’s different departments and West Coast, combined with a culture of creating a partnership rather than servitude, has allowed us to continually improve the coordination, design, management and execution of successful events together over the years. With each event, West Coast and Reed College search for ways to better plan and execute in the future–ensuring a mutually beneficial relationship of growth to successfully serve Reed as an appreciated client. I look forward to working with the team at Reed College for years to come” said Smith about his experience with Reed.
On Monday, May 20th, students marched into the ceremony to the sound of bag pipes before receiving an inspiring message from the University president that could be heard articulately well beyond the tent—reaching students casually sunning themselves across campus.
Post ceremony, students and loved ones gathered on the opposite side of campus to enjoy celebratory champagne and lunch, while shaded beneath several tents custom-fit between buildings, trees and lamp-posts. Reed’s signature school color, Burgundy, provided a decorative touch overhead, as the West Coast décor team installed multiple swags of fabric treatment for an added elegant touch in the 9200’ square feet of dinner tents, designed to accommodate up to 900 guests. The ceiling swagging helped ignite school spirit among the newly graduated alumni and guests. Adding fabric swagging is a great option for enhancing the decor element of any tent.
West Coast Event Productions would like to congratulate all the 2013 graduates from Reed College, and also offer some critical advice for their future endeavors; when planning an event in the Pacific Northwest, trust not the forecast, but West Coast Event Productions to supply a fabulous tent and full production.