Following the Covid-19 pandemic many big events had to be cancelled or moved online, and included in this list is Imperial College London’s graduation ceremonies. Although they were forced to move the celebrations to a virtual format as a result of the global shutdowns and quarantines in order to limit the spread, they still wanted to mark the occasion for their graduating cohort and approached Pushed to create a series of congratulatory animations to be shared and used within the ceremony. As well as having this general animation for the opening title sequence, there was also an animation made for each faculty, which includes Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Business. The animations were created using Adobe Illustrator, Premier Pro and After Effects, and were specifically designed to complement each other and bring a sense of cohesion and intentionality to the ceremony. Because the school wanted to be sure that their graduates felt honoured and special despite the virtual ceremony, it was important to bring these elements of structure to the graduation proceedings through the use of a consistent animation style as well as colours reflecting Imperial College London.
Imperial College London is a public research university in London. Their history can be traced back to Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, who had a vision for a cultural area which evolved to include the Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum, royal colleges and more. The Royal Albert Hall has been used for the College’s graduations for the last 60 years.