For the second year in a row, Santa Monica College's graduation is going global.
SMC's Commencement Exercises – which will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 on Corsair Field – will be webcast live and available on the SMC Alumni webpage (http://alumni.smc.edu).
Families and friends from all over the world who will not be able to attend graduation will again be able to watch the ceremony and see the graduates receive their diplomas.
About 550 graduates are expected to attend the festive ceremonies, which will also feature Commencement Speaker UC Berkeley Chancellor Dr. Robert J. Birgeneau. In addition, the SMC Foundation's Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to restaurateur Martin Jeffrey (Jeff) King and SMC math professor Terry Green.
Through the Alumni webpage, graduates will also be able to watch videos and read and post comments. Graduates and SMC friends are encouraged to "like" the Association's Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/SMCAlumniAssociation ) and upload their graduation photos. They can also tag their pictures to Flickr or Twitter with #smcgrad11 that will be published on the Association's website.
After the ceremonies, the Alumni Association and Associated Students are co-hosting a reception on the Quad, with free hors d'oeuvres, beverages, a deejay and a photo booth where pictures will be taken and uploaded on the Alumni website. A compilation video will be available on the website about a week after graduation.
"Even after the graduates move their graduation tassels from right to left and transition from students to alumni, they will forever remain a central member of the SMC family," says Dr. Barbara Ige, alumni coordinator. "We will always be here to celebrate and support them, as we are doing today."