Campus: Cal Poly Pomona -- July 30, 2003

Cal Poly Pomona Commencement Webcasts Reach Viewers In 22 Countries

Although distance could make it difficult to attend a loved one’s graduation, Cal Poly Pomona made it possible for someone across the globe to join in the festivities.

By providing live webcasts and downloads of commencement ceremonies on the Internet, the university’s Instructional & Information Technology division has reached audiences across the world. In only one week, the university’s ceremonies were viewed 22,296 times from at least 22 countries including Thailand, Syria, the Philippines and Peru.

“It’s great. Every year we’re doing better and better, adding features and increasing the number of plays,” said Imran Hamid, operating systems analyst and streaming engineer. “We’ve only gotten positive feedback.”

A nine-member team worked nearly 16 hours a day to produce live streaming video of the university’s eight commencement ceremonies on June 13-15. The videos could still be viewed and downloaded at http://video.csupomona.edu/june2003.

The university has provided streaming video of commencement ceremonies since 2001, with a steadily increasing audience. This year, staff began integrating titles and credits during live webcasts. Due to the success of Cal Poly Pomona’s video streaming services, the university also supplied video streaming services to its sister campus Cal State Northridge, which held it graduation ceremonies one week prior.
Beginning next year, the division anticipates the ability to produce high-quality DVD copies of the ceremonies. These copies will be available for sale to students’ families as a reminder of their loved ones’ achievements.

Media Contact: Uyen Mai, (909) 869-5331, utmai@csupomona.edu

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