Campus spots for a perfect graduation photo

By Kezia Tan; Photos by Valerie Lay

Heads up final-year students: As graduation draws close, it means your convocation photoshoots are around the corner as well.

While classic shots at Marina Bay Sands are always a safe option, try making your memories at some lesser-known locations — like our very own university.

We spoke to three in-house, NTU freelance photographers to get ideas for alternative photo spots within the school, because where better to commemorate the best years of your life?

HSS Auditorium

“The HSS auditorium is well-lit and would give a nice sense of depth in photos.” Joel Koh, 24

“The HSS auditorium is well-lit and would give a nice sense of depth in photos.” Joel Koh, 24

Right below the HSS atrium lies a vibrantly coloured auditorium that you might not know about unless you’ve had lessons there.

Own the photo when you pose among the rows of canary yellow lecture theatre seats, in a wide shot taken from the bottom of the auditorium.

The Hive

“It’s one of the most prominent representations of the school. Your picture will say ‘I have graduated from NTU.’”  Paris Chia, 25

“It’s one of the most prominent representations of the school. Your picture will say ‘I have graduated from NTU.’” Paris Chia, 25

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. And if you’re tired of the curved, brown walls you see everyday on Instagram, try taking a Beatles-inspired zebra crossing shot, like Paris once did, on the road outside the Hive instead.

Just keep a look out for cars!

ADM Locker

“You don’t find these lockers anywhere else. It has a high-school look, if you like it.” Gary Chia, 23

“You don’t find these lockers anywhere else. It has a high-school look, if you like it.” Gary Chia, 23

Located at B1 of the School of Art, Design and Media, the grey lockers near the staff room are probably something you walk past without a second glance.

They may not grab as much attention as the school’s well-loved grassy rooftop, but the symmetrical, rustic lockers offer a high-school vibe, and a great background for the perfect shot with your friends.

Hall 8-11 cluster walls

“The colours are pleasing to the eye and give a good contrast to the graduation gowns.” Paris Chia, 25

“The colours are pleasing to the eye and give a good contrast to the graduation gowns.” Paris Chia, 25

The red, pink and brown makes for a homely pop of colour in a backdrop, and distinguishes the cluster from the other halls — a bonus for anyone who has stayed in Halls 8 to 11 before.

And if you haven’t, the area still has potential for innovative shots in the nooks and crannies of the cluster.

Yunnan Garden

"It’s a good spot because of the nature and lack of people. The pavilions also give quite a unique look.” Gary Chia, 23

“It’s a good spot because of the nature and lack of people. The pavilions also give quite a unique look.” Gary Chia, 23

You’re unlikely to have spent much time here in your actual schooling days, but who’s to say Yunnan Garden has nothing photo-worthy to offer?

Low-hanging tree branches make for interesting framing, while the Chinese pavilions, painted in classic dark green and bright red, add a tinge of the orient — because we’re NTU students, after all.