The University of London External System 2010 Graduation Ceremony

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Distance no barrier to sharing the graduation ceremony with live web streaming

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Distance no barrier to sharing the graduation ceremony with live web streaming.

People from around the world will be able to watch the University of London External System Graduation Ceremony from the comfort of their own home with the introduction of live web streaming at this year’s event.

For the first time ever, the Graduation Ceremony will be broadcast live from London’s Barbican Centre on 15 March 2010.

This means that if a graduate’s friend or family are unable to make the trip to the ceremony in London, they will still be able to share their loved one’s success by watching them be presented live on the web.

The live stream will be available at from 1.30pm to 5.30pm GMT.

The broadcast will begin with interviews with graduates and External System staff, before crossing live to the ceremony at 2.30pm. After the ceremony ends at 4.40pm, the broadcast will shift to the reception to capture the graduates’ celebrations.

There will also be an opportunity to access complete coverage as video-on-demand on the same link after the event:

The University of London External System has 46,000 students studying on 100+ study programmes in more than 180 countries across the world.

Notes for Editors

The University of London External System

  •     The University of London was established in 1836 and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the United Kingdom.
  •     The University’s founding principle is to provide education for all, irrespective of race, creed or political belief.
  •     In 1858, the University of London was granted its fourth Charter, which paved the way for the establishment of the University of London External System.
  •     The University of London External System is a unique global network of 46,000 students in 180 countries, on more than 100 study programmes.
  •     The External System has been instrumental in the formation of British higher education – all English and Welsh universities founded between 1849 and 1949 offered University of London degrees before obtaining Royal Charters to award their own degrees.
  •     Between 1946 and 1970, the External System played a significant role in establishing many Commonwealth universities under a unique scheme of ‘special relations’.
  •     Through the External System, higher education was made available to a much wider range of social classes; it pre-empted 20th Century developments in open, flexible and distance learning by more than 100 years.
  •     Famous former students and alumni of the External System include seven Nobel Prize Winners: Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, Professor Ronald Coase, Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, ex-President Nelson Mandela, joint winner Charles Kao and joint winner Dr Rolph Payet, who has now been appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Seychelles.
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For further information contact:
Binda Rai
Head of Corporate Affairs and Communication
University of London External System
Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8545 (office)
+44 (0)7920 476483 (mobile)


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