A different kind of graduation in Köping

A different kind of graduation in Köping

I was and documented the student at the Ullvigymnasiet in Köping, which I have done several times before, but this year it was clearly a different celebration with Covid-19 where you have to hold social distancing. Personally, I would rather call it physical distancing it is more accurate I think because you can still be social but you have to keep a distance!

drönarvy på Studentfirande på Ullvigymnasiet 2020

Student Celebration under Covid -19

It will be a different celebration for those who go out last year in high school this year because we should all keep at least 1.5 meters distance to each other to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

I am in Köping at Ullvigymnasiet and will document how their students can still get an outing that they so desperately want, but that the school still strives for everyone to keep at least 1.5 meters distance to each other.

Människor som står med 2 meters avstånd under studentfirande

Two people per student

Each student who took the student was allowed to bring only two people to the celebration in the school yard. Unlike other years when the whole school yard is full of relatives and friends who want to celebrate that someone they know takes the student. It's hardly that I come up with my cameras normally this year, it was no problem at all to keep 2 meters away from others. I also used a lot of my Canon 70-200mm F. 2.8 lens so I didn't have to be so close to the ones I photographed a little extra corona distance you can say.

This year, there were guards and teachers to make sure that only pre-registered persons entered the school area and that everyone was behaving ie. kept their distance to each other well within the school district. I saw two police officers who were also visiting at an out-run do not know if they checked in so everyone took care or if any of them even knew someone who took the student ....

Studenter vid Ullvigymnasiet i Köping väntar på att få springa ut

Personalised songs

Each class had to choose their own song that they would run out to, it was just one of many extra fixes that the school had made for this year now that the Students got a different celebration. In many ways it got much more this year even though all their friends and relatives were not allowed to attend school. All classes ran out with 30 minutes between rooms so they could celebrate and mingle a bit before the next class ran out. I imagine that next year's students in Köping may want to embrace some of the extra spiff that this year's students in 2020 received. But then we clearly hope they don't have to celebrate with any restrictions next year.

Tjejstudenter som springer med sina betyg i handen

I remember my out-run in Köping!

I also remember my own out-run with my student class at the Ullvigymnasiet in Köping about 23 years ago maybe ... Yes time goes by quickly and the school is similar in a good way. I have photographed at Ullvigymnasiet on several occasions in recent years where I have helped Ullvigymnasiet create brand-building images that they then use in their marketing to get students to choose their school and not any other high school for their education.

Studenter vid Ullvigymnasiet som firar

Always just as fun to have a day when just everyone is happy. The mood of everyone is really top notch. The students look so hopeful about their future and bubble of happiness that they are finally ready. Many thought it was really hard with the uncertainty whether they could celebrate their student or not and so relieved when they could solve it smoothly. Pupils from the Jippo Council (some students from each class participate in steering up ball and student celebrations) talked with the school and together they came up with how they could celebrate, but according to the recommendations of the Public Health Authority to keep a distance.

Studentfirande elever och familj vid Ullvigymnasiet i Köping

Photos from the roof

I took the elevator up to the roof to take some creative pictures from above. I had my drone with me, of course, but it should be a little restrictive with when you have crowds not because it was a large crowd today but it still requires other permits. Also, I didn't want pictures from so much higher up than I was so think it gets better pictures with my Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon 5D Mark III for the purpose that the school has with the pictures. I used both cameras in parallel while I was on the roof to quickly change lenses. One I had my telephoto zoom Canon 70-200mm F.2.8 and the other I had a wide-angle lens Canon 16-35mm F.2.8 . So that I can quickly get two completely different kinds of pictures from where I stand. I was on the roof during one of the classes' out-run and they stand on the balcony for 3 minutes so I knew I only had 3 minutes to get the pictures I wanted.

Mingelbild över många studenter vid Ullvigymnaiset i Köping

Covid-19-2 meters away

There were markings in the floor for each student to stand so they could easily keep the right distance to each other.

Tjejer går i led till sitt studentfirande

Mingle and rating publishing

Before the students' outings, each headmaster gave speech to his students and the grades were given out. And they were offered some good coffee :)

Tjejer går i led till sitt studentfirande
Ordningsman och student med plakat


As long as I was there, I thought everyone was trying to do their utmost to make everyone run out, if anyone misbehaved, they would hit all classes. Here you see a guard who makes sure that everyone leaves the area before the next can go in and celebrate their relatives' students.

Västmanland TV streamed Live

Those who could not attend the schoolyard in Köping could follow the whole day's broadcast via the TV sofa at home. Västmanlands Television was in place and streamed directly into your TV box you can find the link on their website here .

Music band Lyran!

Köpings music choir The Lyran was clearly in place and played for everyone who celebrated the student.

Music event

Music event in Köping was also on site and played music for full mugs to spread some extra party joy to the students, as well as keep track of which class would have what song when they ran out.

A big thank you to Köping Municipality and Ullvigymnasiet for giving me the confidence again this year to perpetuate your student celebration. Looking forward to more.

/Helen Shippey

Your Photographer in Köping!

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