Graduate and Undergraduate Commencements were watched by people around the world.


Parents, significant others, friends and relatives came from around the U.S. on Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, to watch someone they know receive their undergraduate diploma or graduate degree.

But people from other parts of the world showed up, too.

Through a livestream over the internet, Graduate Commencement on Friday and the two Undergraduate Commencements on Saturday were seen by people in such far-flung places as Saudi Arabia, India, Argentina, the United Kingdom, Spain, the Philippines and Malaysia.

Depending on where they were, some were watching in the wee hours, for instance, 3:30 a.m. in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Also watching were people from around the U.S. who couldn’t be here in person.

A total of 1,802 watched the livestream at one point or another over the two days, an increase of 761 from 2017.

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Shawn Ryan is the executive staff writer in the Office of Communications and Marketing at UTC.

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