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PRESS RELEASE: MHUSD Brings Drones and Live Streaming to Graduation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2017

CONTACT: Kimberly Beare, 408-201-6024

PRESS RELEASE— June 14, 2017 — MHUSD used drones and live streaming at Live Oak and Sobrato High Schools graduations to capture the memories of the Class of 2017. With the help of CMAP (Community Media Access Partnership) at Sobrato and MHAT (Morgan Hill Access Television) at Live Oak, MHUSD took a leap forward in the way they utilize technology to make High School graduation more accessible to all friends and families.

“We started with the idea of streaming both ceremonies into the high school theaters. After last year’s heat wave, we were looking for a way to provide shelter for those guests who were sensitive to the heat,” said Superintendent Steve Betando. “Our technology department took that idea and made it something much more exciting. With a bit of tweaking for next year, we are looking forward to making this a permanent part of graduation in the future.”

Using drones, MHUSD staff were able to capture footage of seniors making their way onto the football fields, giving family members a behind-the-scene glimpse of the graduation procession. CMAP and MHAT were then able to stream video of the speeches and graduation ceremony to the High School theaters and online.

Both graduation videos will remain accessible through liveoak.mhusd.org and sobrato.mhusd.org for the next month. The videos can also be found on the District’s Facebook page along with drone footage of the processions.

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