MENDON, MA – Nipmuc Regional High School is a little over six miles from the Imperial Cars automotive mall. Lately, a lot of seniors from the 654-student enrollment school have been making that drive to the dealership. They aren’t necessarily looking to buy a new car; they’re coming to see a special graduation tribute that the popular dealer has sponsored for them.
With the regional high school’s usual live graduation ceremony canceled because of the COVID-19 lockdown, Imperial Cars contacted Image Production Services of Worcester, MA to put together a virtual alternative for Nipmuc students.
Having worked with Imperial Cars on many projects in the past, Darren Lussier and his team at Image Production Services including media specialist Tovia “Ben” Shapiro, put together an impressive video display to honor graduates. They used 80 CHAUVET Professional PVP LED panels to create a double-side video wall at the edge of the Imperial Plaza lot, with one of those sides facing heavily travel Route 16.
Mounted on a stage and covered by a roof, the video wall displays the name and portrait of each graduate with words of congratulations. The looped videos will run continuously from 11 am to 11 pm every day for two weeks, giving friends, parents and students a chance to drive by and celebrate the moment.
Students who want to do something extra to commemorate their graduation, can swing into the Imperial parking lot and having their photo taken on the inward-facing side of the video wall.
“This is the first project for high school graduations like this that Image Production Service has done,” said Lussier. “It recognizes students while with keeping social distancing. We are ready to adapt this concept for town hall meetings, college commencements and other events where a client wants to show videos and broadcast FM audio directly to cars. It’s our way of staying relevant and helping the community.”