Miami's first live-streamed commencement ran smoothly at Yager Stadium and on the Web Saturday.
Graduates, families and friends heard composer and musician A.R. Rahman give the commencement address and then perform solo and with a selection of Miami student choral members, finishing with the popular “Jai Ho,” among the songs Rahman wrote for the movie “Slum Dog Millionaire.” Jim Lentini, dean of the School of Fine Arts, and Srinivas Krishnan, founder and director of Global Rhythms World Music Ensemble at Miami, accompanied the group on guitar and percussion.
University communications and marketing staff arranged for the ceremony to stream on Miami’s commencement website. Computer users logged into the live video stream on Saturday more than 1,400 times (970 unique views).
The video is still online. More than 540 people have viewed the ceremony since Saturday afternoon on our site, and another 614 on YouTube. While the majority of hits on the commencement site came from the United States, there were also log-ins from these countries, in descending order: India, Malaysia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
Viewers of the YouTube video of commencement also were in Australia, Qatar, Bangladesh, South Korea and Italy, among others.