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by Jamie Hatch, HPU Web Master

The live streaming video presentation, provided by HPU Information Technology Services, will give site visitors an up close and personal view of the entire ceremony. “We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our students and their families,” said ITS Associate Vice President, Justin Itoh.
“Two thirds of our student body comes to us from outside of Hawai‘i, so we are ecstatic about being able to reach those families and friends who can’t make it all the way to Hawai‘i to attend the graduation.”

To ensure the quality of the presentation and acquire feedback from users, live streaming broadcasts were tested during the last two graduation ceremonies—first with a controlled group of staff, next with the friends and families of the graduating class. “For the winter 2006 graduation, all graduates were invited to share the link with their friends and families and we had approximately 400 visitors to the site during the broadcast,” said Jamie Hatch, director of Web Services at HPU. “Thanks to the feedback we received, we’ve made some slight modifications and can look forward to improved broadcast quality.” When asked about the work that goes on behind the scenes of a broadcast, Ms. Hatch commented, “There are a lot of people who work hard to make this happen, but we all think it is well worth the effort.”

The HPU spring 2006 graduation coverage will begin on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. (HST) for the 6:30 procession. Please advise viewers to access this URL: http://www.hpu.edu/livegrad. You may also send e-mail invitations to family and friends from this site. They should visit the site prior to the actual event to familiarize themselves with the system requirements in advance, and should take the time difference into consideration. To access the broadcast successfully, viewers should have a Windows operating system with Windows Media Player 9 or higher and a high speed Internet connection. Macintosh operating systems are not able access the broadcast at this time.

After the broadcast, viewers will have the opportunity to complete a survey at the Web site about their experience viewing the graduation.


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