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Making the Most of Memorable Moments as Graduates Near and Far Walk the Stage

May 26, 2016 by Nell Thayer Heisner

Technology can help erase the miles between grads and their support systems, bringing loved ones closer to the big event than ever before

Stories told by loved ones have power unto themselves, but no recollection – no matter how well told – can compare to a firsthand experience.

For major life milestones such as graduations, sharing the celebrations with others is most important. Experiencing these times with those we love hold special significance.

Graduates have worked hard for this moment; years of dedication leading up to one stride across the stage. With so much to celebrate, don’t let distance hold you back from taking part in all of the pomp and circumstance.

One university made this investment, sharing its commencement through video with honored guests of students from all 50 states – a majority of whom call out-of-state destinations home – and from 77 countries across the globe.

What was different? It didn’t matter if guests were seated in the stadium or at home on their couches. Crystal clear audio and video quality meant there was plenty of VIP seating to go around.

Using the power of video conferencing technology, a father serving overseas was able to watch his daughter proudly accept her diploma. Thanks to a steady image stream, he felt as if he were right there in the stands cheering her on.

It’s moments like these that really show us the power of technology, in this case erasing the miles and creating a near-firsthand experience.

Oftentimes we can get caught up in the daily grind. It’s easy to forget how quickly time passes and how important it is to acknowledge the milestones that in sum create the story reel of life. The sentimental snapshots of time, that, in hindsight, make us wish there was a pause button to this crazy, hectic, “always-on” life we lead.

We may not have a pause button, but we can make sure the play button captures the magic of the moment as it unfolds. With the right technology, let’s revel in the times that make us laugh, cry, and burst with pride most – as they’re happening, not just looking back.

Congrats to the Class of 2016 and their families!



Are you a Boston-based recent graduate? We want to give an extra special shout out to you. Sharing the neighborhood with such great minds is a joy and a privilege for us at Fuze. As the future of the workforce, with so much potential for innovation, we’d like to get to know you better. See where your career could take you.

Nell Thayer Heisner
Nell Thayer Heisner
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