PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Graduates wearing their caps and gowns don’t have much freedom when it comes to commencement style.
But in her eight years as a Temple University photographer, Betsy Manning discovered that students have been finding ways to individualize their graduation gowns below the hemline – with shoes.
For this year’s graduation, Manning decided to document the parade of shoes by setting up a miniature red carpet on the loading dock near Temple’s Liacouras Center, where the students line up before walking in for the ceremony. She also put up a sign with the hashtag “#TUgradshoes.”
The photos Manning took offer a fascinating look at the efforts of Temple students to express themselves at graduation. Her shots capture all types of footwear, from the sky-high glittering wedges worn by a science and technology major to the dress shoes one male journalism major emblazoned with a white “T” on one foot and a red “U” on the other.
“People are going to find a way to individualize what they wear,” Manning said on the Flickr page dedicated to the project, “and Temple graduates never let me down.”
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