Commencement to be Shown Live on the Web

Families and friends of this year's graduating class, as well as alumni and others with access to the Internet, will be able to view the University's May 24 Commencement Exercises live on the World Wide Web.

The entire event will be carried by the Real Broadcast Network, which is available by accessing the Audiovisual Department's home page,, and following the link to the Commencement broadcast location. Viewers who log on will see the same Audiovisual telecast that is sent throughout the campus on closed circuit television.

There will be 500 connections available at the Real Broadcast site, according to Michael Swanson, a multi-media consultant in the department who is overseeing technical aspects of the Web telecast.

"Our vision is that this will be perfect for parents or friends of the graduates who just couldn't make it to campus for Commencement," Swanson said. "Now, they can watch the main ceremony from a computer in their home or office."

Swanson urged people interested in watching the ceremony on computer to log on several minutes prior to the 10 a.m. start in order to download any necessary computer configurations needed to receive the broadcast.

"This is a great way to get Commencement out to our alumni, too," said University Secretary Joseph P. Duffy, SJ, who supervises Commencement activities. "You will be able to plug into it from any place in the world.

"I told one of our Jesuits who is returning to Portugal immediately after completing his studies that he can check out our Web site on May 24 and not miss a thing," Fr. Duffy said.

-Reid Oslin

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