Liberal Arts college to host live commencement on Web

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- For the first time, the College of the Liberal Arts will stream the commencement ceremony live on the Web for families, friends and graduates who cannot attend the ceremony at the Bryce Jordan Center, and for World Campus graduates and families. The entire ceremony can be viewed at starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

Christopher Long, associate dean for Undergraduate Studies, said, "Given how we have been using new media technologies in the college to amplify the Liberal Arts undergraduate experience, it just made sense to extend that to graduation itself. We hope the live stream will enable friends and families of our graduates to participate and celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2013 even from a distance."

The commencement speaker will be the College Marshal Lindsay F. Wells, a Schreyer Scholar and Paterno Fellow, who will receive three degrees: classics & ancient Mediterranean studies, art history and Medieval studies.

In addition, the live stream will make the commencement ceremony more accessible to the 163 World Campus students who will be graduating and their families.

The College of the Liberal Arts offers one associate degree program, 10 bachelor's degrees, three certificate programs and one master's degree through the World Campus. The bachelor's degrees comprise psychology, labor and employment relations, organizational leadership, economics, political science, law and society, and letters, arts and sciences. The bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in psychology are among the most popular degrees, with more than 300 majors enrolled from 40 states and four countries.

Avis Kunz, assistant dean for Online Education and Outreach, said, "The college continues to provide innovative educational opportunities to our World Campus students and is excited to use live streaming technology to bring the commencement ceremony to them."


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Last Updated May 02, 2013