June 2020 Issue  
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Principal Dan McMinn stands observing as the InfOspot Antenna System (set up backstage at NexTech High) broadcasts graduation proceedings to families and students safely distancing in their cars. Graduates and families watch proceedings while listening to the ceremony on car radios.
Senior Moments
Pop-Up “Graduation Stations” Make Safe Ceremonies Possible
Across the USA, high schools and universities have taken to the air to keep commencement attendees safe during the 2020 graduation season.

Dallas Baptist University took advantage of FCC rules that permit educational institutions to broadcast on-property. Their large senior class received diplomas, as graduates snaked past a stage in a “commencement parade.” The University leased the EventCAST LIVE system from Information Station Specialists to pull off transmission in real time.

At the other end of the spectrum (school-size-wise) was NexTech High School's graduating class of 35 students in Grand Rapids, Michigan. To each of those 35, the ceremony was no less significant. Noted Principal Dan McMinn: "The skies were blue, and the families were able to drive in and take over the parking lot, while seniors were able to have their moment in the sun. The ceremony went great; and, by combining the high-tech pieces for streaming across the Nation with the low-tech radio broadcast, NexTech was able to share the ceremony with families that might not have been able to attend in a traditional manner.” NexTech employed Information Station Specialists' license-free InfOspot system to broadcast the transmission under a separate FCC “Part 15” rule section.

Though it was “radio to the rescue” for many in Class of 2020, everyone hopes that 2021 allows the return of more traditional ceremonies.
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