Commencement’s coming and UC Santa Barbara is proud to share the celebrations with the nation … and the world. Live webcasts and a social media hashtag campaign aim to accomplish that.
All Commencement ceremonies – beginning with the College of Creative Studies ceremony on Sunday, June 9, and ending with our own Graduate Division ceremony on Sunday, June 16 – will be streamed live over the Internet. UC Santa Barbara’s live webcasts will be available at ucsb.edu/2013. (Note: Streaming video on the webcast page will require a Microsoft Silverlight plug-in.) This is the second year UCSB is providing the live webcasts. (Read last year’s GradPost article.)
A screen frame surrounding the online live-stream broadcast of the ceremonies will highlight live Twitter and Facebook posts from UCSB staff, students, parents, friends, and anyone watching online. The unique hashtag #UCSB2013 will help to bring together both the UCSB-generated and crowdsourced content.
Images, Tweets, and other reports will be collected and posted to Storify, an online blogging tool that will turn the events into an ongoing narrative.
Some facts about Graduate Division’s ceremony: It will be held on Sunday, June 16, at 4 p.m. on the Faculty Club Green. There are 455 graduate students registered to participate in Grad Division’s ceremony. The guest speaker is Jason Loewith (MA, Dramatic Art, 1992), Artistic Director of Olney Theatre Center in Washington, D.C. The student speaker is Rusha Al-Rawaf, master’s candidate in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education.
The GradPost has started its hashtagging and asks graduate students, parents, and friends to join the fun now on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media.
Here are some links to Commencement-related information: