I was surfin' my alma mater's website when I came across this interesting tidbit:
"WIU Fall Commencement Ceremonies to be Streamed Live on Web
"MACOMB, IL - - Families and friends who cannot be in Macomb to attend the Friday or Saturday, Dec. 16 or 17 Fall 2005 Commencement Ceremonies of their loved one graduating from Western Illinois University, can still enjoy the pomp and circumstance via live broadcast streaming on the web.
"Western's University Television services will broadcast the Academic Honors Convocation and all Commencement ceremonies live on Western's Cable Channel 3 and stream the ceremonies on the web."
In point of fact, I think this is a nice thing to offer graduating students and their families. However, I'm thinking the celebratory dinner following the graduation is going to be a little tricky, and the "Virtual Hug of Pride" will be a little like the comedy sketch where the comedian turns his/her back on the audience and wraps his/her arms around themselves as far as they will go.