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Release No: 050-06
May 30, 2006

Deployed Parents to View DODDS-E Graduations

WIESBADEN, Germany – Deployed service members will be able to view their seniors crossing the stage and moving their tassels from right to left via live Web casts on graduation day.

The efforts of eight defense agencies throughout European Command and Central Command will allow at least 18 graduation ceremonies to be viewed by an estimated 179 deployed parents in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and other locations around the world.

The first graduation ceremony is expected to be webcast on June 7. Ten graduation ceremonies will take place simultaneously on June 9. The last ceremony will be webcast on the evening of June 16.

Some of the schools identified as participants in the graduation Web casts are: AFNorth, Bamberg, Baumholder, Bitburg, Giessen, Hanau, Heidelberg, Hohenfels, Kaiserslautern, Lakenheath, Mannheim, Naples, Ramstein, Sigonella, Vicenza, Vilseck, Wiesbaden and Würzburg.

Using emerging Web technologies, deployed parents will also be able to view student messages recorded for the occasion and talk one-on-one with their graduate via video teleconference or Web cams following the ceremony.

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