The University of South Alabama and the Mobile County Public School System will share another achievement in their long-term relationship on Saturday, May 3, with live video streaming of the University’s Spring Commencement.
USA’s graduation, which begins at 2 p.m. CDST, will be the first of 16 area high school graduations to be live video streamed from the Mitchell Center during the next several weeks thanks to an idea that originated inside the MCPSS’s internet technology department. Family and friends from around the globe will be able to share this milestone with their graduate via the internet for free.
The USA ceremony marks the beginning for 1,208 graduates. USA has awarded 2,598 degrees this year and 62,325 throughout its history.
USA President Gordon Moulton and MCPSS Superintendent Dr. Roy Nichols announced the plans for live video streaming during a press conference on Friday at the Waterman Globe inside the Mitchell Center.
“USA continues to collaborate with the Mobile County Public School System on a number of public service and scholarly projects that improve the education and quality of life of people in our community,” said Moulton. “This latest effort demonstrates again the special relationship USA shares with the school system.”
USA is the first choice for MCPSS graduates. Three public high schools in the Mobile-area —Baker, Murphy and Davidson—each contributed more than 100 members of the USA freshman class in Fall 2007, a record-breaking enrollment year for the University. Additionally, USA has educated 15,000 teachers, including most of the area’s teachers and school administrators with 85 percent of the MCPSS’s educators receiving degrees or other professional training at the University.
“We understand the pinnacle moment in a young person’s life when they celebrate an accomplishment like graduation with family and friends joining them,” said Nichols. “We understand that not everyone can have their family and friends here, but everyone deserves this opportunity. Now, we are giving them the next best thing.”
Nichols said he is proud of the accomplishments of the school system’s information technology department, adding that it provides the latest technological services in Alabama.
Both Moulton and Nichols said they hope the live streaming video will be helpful for military personnel stationed abroad whose service forces them to miss graduation.
Video of USA’s graduation may be accessed on the University’s Web Site at www.southalabama.edu.
Video streaming of all MCPSS schools to hold graduation inside the USA Mitchell Center, plus private schools McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, St. Paul’s and Mobile Christian, may be seen at www.mcpss.com. A high school graduation schedule is available on the same Web Site. Only Citronelle High School’s graduation will not be video streamed because it is not held inside the Mitchell Center.