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URI’s undergraduate commencement to be hosted, televised, webcast

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Tune in at Noon! Cox Cable (Channel 15)

KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 9, 2005--Alumni, family and friends of students unable to attend URI’s 119th undergraduate commencement exercises on Sunday, May 22 won’t have to miss out on the ceremonies. This year’s commencement will be televised, webcast, and---as an extra bonus--it will be hosted.

Weather permitting, Barbara Meagher of Johnston, URI assistant professor of journalism and a 21-year veteran as a television news reporter, will host a pre-commencement show from the University’s quadrangle, providing commentary and live interviews with University officials and students beginning at noon.

Meagher got her start in television news at WPTZ-TV in Plattsburgh, N.Y. From 1983 to 2001, she became a recognizable Rhode Island personality as a news reporter and substitute anchor for ABC6 in Providence. She is a founding member and current president of ACCESS/RI—a coalition of organizations and interested individuals who are working to ensure that public records and public meetings remain open and accessible to the public.

The event will be broadcast live on the Rhode Island statewide interconnect C, which can be viewed on Cox Cable (Channel 15). This year for the first time, RIPBS (Channel 36/Cox Channel 8) has signed on to televise the show too. Viewers in the Warren, Bristol, and Barrington areas can catch the action on Full Channel Cable System, which will carry the ceremony on both RIPBS (Ch 36 WSBE) or on the Rhode Island Statewide Interconnect C (Channel 50).

Listeners also have the option to tune their radio dial to WRIU, 90.3 FM to hear the excitement.

Even if you live outside the state, you can catch the action by simply turning on your computer. The ceremony will be webcast live. For details, click on

“Each year, the committee tries to expand the University’s outreach to the community and beyond,” says Michelle Curreri, chair of URI’s Commencement Committee. “This year, we particularly want to thank Tim Tierney, assistant director for URI’s Audiovisual Production Services, for his creativity and connections. And we want to thank Linda A. Acciardo, director of Communications for turning the idea of a hosted show into a reality.”