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Universities Webcast Graduation Ceremonies

Nearly two-dozen universities are using Mediasite to live stream commencement ceremonies.

Sonic Foundry Inc., which provides lecture capture, enterprise and event webcasting, says its Mediasite system is being used by nearly two dozen schools to live stream commencement ceremonies.

Among the schools using Mediasite to webcast their graduation ceremonies are Johns Hopkins University, the University of Southern California, Ball State University, Ashland University and the University of Florida, Sonic Foundry says. The schools are webcasting the ceremonies so family members who cannot attend those events can watch graduating loved ones walk across the stage, the company says.

Using Mediasite to webcast commencement is part of the University of Florida’s culture, said Brian Smith, the university’s video operations supervisor. During 2012, the University of Florida will webcast close to 20 ceremonies for the spring, summer and fall graduates, he said.

“The spring graduation ceremonies have had 5,500 live views and have been viewed 8,700 times on-demand, and that number will continue to rise,” Smith said. “Many of our graduates have family who live out of state, out of the country, or are deployed in military service. Streaming our ceremonies live with Mediasite invites everyone to join in the excitement no matter where they are, and eases the financial burden on those who aren’t able to travel long distances to campus. Anyone can watch live from the comfort of their homes or offices and still feel like they are sharing in the graduates’ special day,” he said.

By providing a webcast via Mediasite, graduates and their families do not have to miss out on an extremely important day, wherever they are in the world, said Sean Brown, Sonic Foundry’s vice president of education.