Behind the scenes as seniors graduate

Behind the scenes as Valley seniors graduate

It's definitely the season to celebrate Valley graduates.

But before the Betty Fairfax High School seniors strut their stuff into Veterans Memorial Coliseum, there's a lot of pomp and circumstance that goes on behind the scenes that they don't see.

"We're pretty much pedal to the floor for two days straight, for sure," said Shannon Miller, with the Arizona Exposition and State Fair.

Miller and about 100 other workers have been hard at it since January to make sure these celebrations go seamlessly - that's 11 graduations in just 26 hours for the Phoenix Union High School District.

"It's definitely a lot," she said. "But it's well organized. And it can come off as chaos, but it's well organized for sure."

The chaos has to be calm for the audio and visual crew. These are the guys who make sure the grads can be seen and heard for the thousands of proud parents and more.

Then there's the camera crew, capturing the moments that'll be memories forever.

"We're in charge of how fast the pace goes," said Jerni Crum with Grad Images. "We take the photos before and after, so there's a lot of pressure."

But that pressure doesn't end with just this graduation, because as these seniors are getting their diplomas, more are walking in, waiting for their time to shine.

"It's really big," said Brandon Bilducia, who's graduating from Central High School. "For everybody in my family and everything, it's really big day."

Make that a really big, two days.


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