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A first for Dartmouth Commencement: the JumboTron

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 06/12/09 • Media Contact: Sarah Maxell Crosby ’04 (603) 646-3661

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Jumbotron at UMASS Boston
Dartmouth's commencement will feature a JumboTron display similar to this one used by University of Massachusetts Boston. (photo courtesy of Capron Lighting and Sound)

Dartmouth’s commencement on Sunday will feature a new element, a 12- by 15-foot light-emitting diode (LED) outdoor video display — commonly referred to as a JumboTron.

The JumboTron will be positioned to the right of the stage, providing attendees with a better view of the commencement speakers onstage and graduating seniors as they receive their diplomas.

The device was rented from Capron Lighting and Sound Company in Needham, Mass., which provides the public address system and lighting for Dartmouth’s commencement.

Jumbotrons have become commonplace commencement features in recent years and are used by schools including Brown, Yale, the University of Vermont, and the University of New Hampshire to enhance the graduation experience.

“We wanted to make commencement even more enjoyable for Dartmouth families and friends by providing a front-row view of the ceremony, as well as onscreen captioning for hearing-impaired guests,” said E.J. Kiefer, Director of Conferences and Special Events. Kiefer said addition of a JumboTron had been under discussion for the past year and was within the College’s commencement budget. “Even though there have been sign language interpreters at commencement, many people who lose their hearing later in life do not know how to read sign language. So this will help them to fully partake of the ceremony, too.”

Although this is the first year Dartmouth has utilized a commencement JumboTron, the College hopes to be able to continue to provide this service in the future.

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