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EDUCATION Streaming Graduation One University’s Story by Charlie Watts G raduation is a big deal for students, families and for the degree awarding institutions, and so it has been this way in Portsmouth since 1995. Now twenty years later it should come as no surprise that the University of Portsmouth has elevated the Graduation Ceremony Broadcasting Operation into something so organised that it runs like a refined and well oiled Swiss watch. In 2009 a decision was made to attempt the live broadcasting of the ceremony across all of the campus, the Portsmouth City Council BBC/LOCOG Big Screen and the web. BSc Television and Broadcasting was up to the challenge and Gary Bown, Principal lecturer for the School of Creative Technologies, entered into uncharted territories. “I still remember the phone call’ states Gary, “and although we instantly said yes to the challenge, the moment the phone call ended that sense of panic of how the hell are we going to do this set in. Thankfully we had recently purchased a NewTek TriCaster and this became the absolute hub of how we were going to achieve many broadcast graduations for years to come.” Things have now changed a lot, along with the kit that is now being used, and thankfully so has the initial attitude from some. Gary adds, “I can still remember some people asking why an earth anybody would want to watch graduation live? We are now in our sixth year of doing this and I think 45,000 views later we have a pretty defi nitive answer that there is a big audience out there wanting to watch!” So what of the kit and workfl ow being employed? Michael Parsons, CCI TV studio technician picks up the story…. 48 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 104 AUGUST 2015