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URI's undergraduate commencement to be webcast, televised on Cox Cable

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 14, 2004 -- Alumni, family and friends of students unable to attend the University of Rhode Island's undergraduate commencement won't have to miss out on the ceremonies this year.

For the first time, the undergraduate commencement will be webcast, streamed out as a live video feed on the internet. That will make it possible for anyone with a computer and a high speed internet connection to see and hear the ceremony as it happens. Please note that a telephone modem will not work.

Also for the first time, URI and Cox Cable have become commencement partners. The cable company has agreed to carry the commencement live from 12:30. to 2 p.m. on commencement day, Sunday, May 23 on the Statewide Interconnect, Channel 15 on the Cox Systems. It can also be viewed on Channel 50 on Full Channel in the Warren area.

"Each year, the committee tries to expand the University's outreach to the community and beyond. This year, by offering the commencement webcast and cable show, we exceeded our own expectations," says Michelle Curreri who chairs URI's Commencement Committee. "We're excited that the webcast will allow relatives living in California, for example, to watch commencement in real time."

The commencement can be viewed on QuickTime, RealMedia or Windows Media Player, which can be downloaded for free. For details, go to www.uri.edu/commencement .

The Cox Cable partnership was an outgrowth of the University's plans in case of inclement weather during commencement. Curreri credits Tim Tierney, assistant director for Audiovisual Production Services, with making the connections.