Academic Events

Expert Academic Event Planning

From conceptualization to implementation, we deliver seamless results.

If you’re responsible for hiring an event planning company for your college or university, you need an event planning partner you can trust to deliver exceptional experiences that leave a lasting impact and provide a high ROI.

37 + Years of Experience

At The Special Event Company (TSEC), we’re proud to be recognized as a Top 50 Global Event Company for three consecutive years by Special Events magazine. Our reputation for excellence is built on a proven track record of delivering award-winning academic programs domestically and globally.

We Love What We Do

We’re passionate about designing experiential academic events that push boundaries and inspire your audience. When you partner with us, you can trust that we have the creative strategy and capabilities to manage and develop your event.

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Custom Academic Event Production

We tailor our services to meet your needs.


  • Alumni Reunions
  • Celebrations
  • Commencement
  • Graduation
  • Galas
  • Campaign Celebration Close
  • Donor Relations
  • Groundbreaking and Dedications
  • Strategic Initiatives
  • Re-Branding Initiative Events
  • Presidential Tours


  • International Events – Alumni, Prospective Student, Donor
  • International Conferences
  • Admission Outreach Campaigns
  • Campaign Events – Launch and Close on Campus
  • Campaign Events on the Road
  • Conferences / Events with “A” List Speakers and Protectees
  • School and Building Namings
  • Recognitions


  • Strategy development
  • Creative concepts
  • A/V and stage set design
  • Branding
  • Content creation
  • Scriptwriting
  • Storyboards
  • Collateral creation
  • Exhibits
  • Apps and technology solutions
  • Virtual event platform design & management

Virtual Academic Event Production

Our award-winning in-house studio team creates high-quality virtual academic events using our broadcast-quality studio. Our team works closely with you to create a seamless and engaging virtual experience for attendees, whether it’s an academic conference, a seminar, a donor relation event or any other academic event. We serve the Research Triangle Park (RTP) area in Raleigh, North Carolina and beyond. 

We offer end-to-end services for planning, executing, managing and broadcasting your virtual event or filming needs. Our services include virtual event strategy and consultation, registration management, speaker coordination, presentation design, content development and production, post-event analysis and reporting, and post-production/editing. 

Types of Virtual Academic Events

  • Virtual Donor Videos
  • Recorded Messages
  • Virtual Greetings
  • Presidential Messages
  • State of the University Addresses
  • University Meetings
  • Hybrid Commencement
  • Webinars
  • Video Parent Messaging
  • Parent Videos
  • Admission Walk-Through Tours
  • Admission Hybrid Yield Events
  • Hybrid Events
  • Hybrid Event Management
  • Hybrid Board of Trustee Meetings
  • Virtual Meetings
  • Virtual Interviews
  • International Research Conference
  • Virtual Alumni Club Events
  • Virtual Reunion Events
  • Hybrid Reunion Events
  • Hybrid Alumni Events

Benefits of Working with TSEC

Partnering with The Special Event Company for your academic event planning comes with a multitude of benefits, including:

Our award-winning team has the knowledge and expertise to plan and execute a successful event that creates memorable experiences and elevates your return on investment.
Reputation: With a reputation for excellence and a proven track record of delivering quality events, you can trust us to exceed the expectations of your event and enhance your institution’s messaging.
Professionalism: We operate with the highest standards of professionalism and are committed to delivering events that go above and beyond the needs and expectations of attendees and the institution.
Time and Stress Savings: We provide end-to-end support combining strategy, design, production, creativity, and robust logistics, ultimately saving you time and stress.
Peace of Mind: Knowing that your event is in the hands of a trusted and experienced team provides peace of mind and a sense of security that will not only exceed your objectives but that the outcome has lasting benefits and will set the foundation for future excellence.


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Trust Our Proven Track Record

We help great institutions effectively engage with their community.

Their input into The Coach K & FSB Leadership Conference has raised the bar for conference management in general at Duke University, and their expertise has been invaluable to us.

Executive Director

Duke Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics

Planning And Executing Successful Academic Events Is No Simple Task

With a tried-and-true operation and a passionate team of professionals, we provide a streamlined, easy process for every client. Experience the difference of a well-executed event.