PULLMAN, Wash. — Commencement 2000 at Washington State University in
Pullman had a large number of family and friends in attendance to see 3,100
students graduate in three ceremonies on May 6. WSU officials were pleased
by the turnout.
Now their pleasure has been multiplied because the number of people who may
view one of the ceremonies will increase tremendously when it is available
world-wide on the Internet via videostreaming.
According to Marvin Marcelo, Northwest Public Television assistant station
manager, WSU was one of nine university winners in the first Eddie
Bauer/Yahoo! Careers Graduation 2000 Commencement Cup Challenge.
As bronze winners, WSU, Clemson and Arizona State will have video/audio of
their commencements available at
winners Virginia, Texas Tech and Seattle Pacific will have their graduation
videos and audios broadcast live on the web. Silver winners Purdue, Stanford
and Baylor will have their graduations broadcast live on audio, with an archive
video version available.
Winners in the challenge were determined by Internet-based competition in
which university students voted for their institution at the Eddie Bauer Web
site. “It was great news to hear WSU won in this competition,” said Marcelo.
“But, it’s even greater that so many people nationally and internationally will
be able to enjoy a WSU ceremony.”
Marcelo said Yahoo asked for videotape of the second of the three
ceremonies. That ceremony was for the college of business and economics and
the college of education. It featured Ken Alhadeff, WSU regent, Seattle
business leader and philanthropist. “Yahoo will put the tape up at the Web site
as soon as it arrives by courier from us to its office in Dallas, Texas,” he said.
The broadcast of the three ceremonies was produced by WSU’s Educational
Telecommunications and Technology and shown live via videostreaming at
WSU’s Web site, www.wsu.edu. It was also seen live on Cable 8, on Pullman’s
cable television system.