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Family and friends of University of Florida graduates don’t have to buy plane tickets to attend commencement ceremonies and join the festivities.

The university is among the dozens of schools around the world that uses Mediasite to webcast its ceremonies. The university has been live-streaming videos since 2007, giving people all over the world a front row seat as their loved ones graduate. And those videos are also available to watch on-demand.

In 2013, UF captured 17 commencements, which were viewed 19,000 times.

“The primary benefit of using Mediasite to stream these ceremonies is to allow friends and families of the graduates to be part of the big day even if they can’t make it to Gainesville,” said Brian Smith, video operations supervisor for the University of Florida — Information Technology. “We have received thank yous from as far away as India for providing this service.”