For Immediate Release — June 1, 2012 | Europe
DoDDS-Europe Public Affairs:
EUROPE — June 1, 2012 — WIESBADEN, Germany – Some deployed service members will be able to view their high school graduating seniors via live webcasts on graduation day.
The Department of Defense Dependents Schools – Europe, U.S. Army Europe, and the U.S. Army 5th Signal Command have combined assets, talents, and technologies to enable the live webcasts via the Internet. The effort will allow 12 graduation ceremonies to be viewed by more than 60 deployed parents in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations around the world.
The first graduation ceremonies will be webcast on June 7 from Ansbach and Bamberg High Schools, Germany. The last webcast occurs on June 14 from Vilseck High School, Germany. Schools identified as participating in this year's program include:
Using web technology, deployed parents will be able to see their graduating senior cross the stage and view student messages recorded for the occasion. The collective effort is intended to give graduating students and deployed parents the opportunity to share in this life event. This is the ninth year the effort has been undertaken. Planning for this year's webcast began in January. Seniors who had, or anticipated having parents deployed at graduation, were identified through the high schools and the coordination process began. The ceremonies were available for downloading after the conclusion of the ceremony.